Minute Man is expanding its presence in Arkansas, adding a “Space Shuttle Café” mobile restaurant.
The restaurant chain has converted a DC-3 airplane, which saw World War II service, into the mobile restaurant. The airplane is reportedly the only road-worthy DC-3 airplane licensed for street use, and in the 1990s, it was redesigned based on the Challenger Space Shuttle. The airplane was converted again in 2015 with a full commercial food-service kitchen upgrade.
Working with a Texas-based food truck designer, Minute Man is working to develop a fleet of customized mobile food units for the chain. According to restaurant executives, the first mobile unit is projected to arrive in Arkansas in March.
“We have witnessed incredible demand for the Minute Man brand across the state,” Minute Man of Arkansas president Perry Smith said in a statement. “Given the inherent flexibility of the mobile model, which allows us to both establish a predictable service schedule in townships across the state while also offering full customization for private bookings, such as supporting office luncheons, wedding and birthday parties, tailgating parties, apartment complex celebrations, etc., we have realized we can delight many more customers by offering a robust mobile presence to complement our traditional stand-alone restaurant offering.”
Minute Man also announced plans to add a new physical location in Little Rock in 2021. It currently has locations in El Dorado and Jacksonville.