A shuttered, local's favorite coffee shop is set to be revived in spirit and will soon take roost in an unusual location.
Before closing last year, the Sunshine Cafe liked to call itself "Las Vegas's best kept breakfast and lunch secret" and the northwest neighborhood spot was praised for its family-run diner feel and its very retro, ’70s-era interior design.
The cafe will now begin a new life and a new five-year lease later this month as the Sunshine and Tailwinds Cafe, sitting on the upper level of the North Las Vegas Airport. The 2,844-square-foot, full-service restaurant will have direct access to the airport's popular outdoor observation deck, but won't be able to set up a patio seating area among the plane watchers. The cafe space still offers wide open views of the runways.
The final owners of the original Sunshine Cafe, Stephen Maynard and Tara Gilbert, are behind the new venture. Maynard's family also ran another locally missed spot, the Skillet Cafe, now home to the M&M Soul Food Cafe.
Sunshine and Tailwinds is currently planned to operate 365 days a year, serving breakfast, lunch and possibly dinner, with tentative opening hours of 7 a.m to 6 p.m.
The airport has previously hosted Leonard's Airport Cafe and Bar and the quirky Flight Deck Restaurant, famed for serving an authentic German menu every evening.