We're pushing the envelope here because Bernards (bernardssa.com) is opening its second restaurant, this one here at Stinson Airport, on Monday the 11th of February (Fat Monday) and has a Fat Tuesday event going on February 12th, so hopefully everything will be operational and settled down by Wednesday the 13th.
Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013: Everything is confirmed for 20 at 11:30 AM, so be sure to cancel (change your RSVP to "No") today if you are not going to be there tomorrow. That way people on the waiting list will have time to be notified. Thanks!
Note: So far it is a go. I am in communication with Mr. Bernard and he assures me they will be open on schedule. Please help me give him an accurate count by honoring your RSVP or changing it to "No" if you cannot attend. I am limiting attendees here, so if you fail to remove your RSVP you may be preventing someone else from attending. People on the waiting list will be automatically be RSVP'd as per their place in the queue, and will be notified by email that they have been promoted to the RSVP list.
Also, the restaurant will be located in the terminal building (the one you see in the picture here), on the runway side where the Patio Cafe used to be.
I talked to Mr. Bernard about seating us in the far corner where we have windows on two sides looking out over the apron and runways. Hope this works out, so I will arrive by 11 AM to get it organized.
Berhards has a restaurant at Baptist University over by Palo Alto. Admittedly, I have not been there because I just now stumbled across it with the announcement of the Stinson location, so this may be a new experience for many of us.
If this works out, maybe we could have a Fat Wednesday lunch somewhere in S.A. about once a month. Mid-week noontime is pretty convenient for me, hope it is also for many others. If you are working, perhaps you can break away if the location is nearby.
This particular venue, Stinson, has a lot of charm, and the restaurant setting (formerly known as the Patio Cafe, which was nominally a Tex-Mex) is right out on the airport apron where you can see small aircraft taking off, landing and taxiing almost right up to the restaurant's windows. We have one member, Stan Pennington, who flies in for lunch now and then with some of his buddies who are members of the WW II Scout Plane squadron down at Cannon Field (which is just a short flight south of Stinson).
There are many historical pictures around the airport which give you a wonderful perspective on the development of Stinson, one of the oldest continuously operating airports in the United States, and Katherine Stinson's story is amazing as she pre-dates Amelia Earhart by a number of years. For example, she was the 4th woman granted a pilot's license in the United States. See the Wikipedia article on Katherine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Stinson
Since we are skating on thin ice timing this restaurant's opening, I will keep you informed if anything necessitates rescheduling this event to a later date. For now, so far, so good.
BTW, there is plenty of free parking on the other side (east side) of Mission Road opposite the Stinson terminal.
P.S. One of our hombres, Albert Motz, knows about everything there is to know about Stinson, having researched it thoroughly.
P.S. They have $5.99 lunch specials, different each day, and this Wednesday it's Pasta with Bernard's Cajun Creole meatballs.