OUR STORY

Many of you will remember us as Pop’s & Pam’s, our first restaurant in Lucerne Valley.

Pam and Tony took pride in their product, customer service, cleanliness, and the fact that we always made

your family, our family. We knew everyone, and everyone knew us. 

We raised our family with the business and our youngest, Melanie, was only 18 months old when we

opened the doors. We took an old building, spiffed it up and made it our own. We knew most of our

customers by their first names and sometimes, back in the day, the resident Sheriff’s deputy would

make drinks for us and pass out orders when it was busy. The customers loved it! California

Highway Patrol officers would make sure Sarah, our eldest daughter, got home safely in inclement

weather by following her from Pop’s & Pam’s to our home in Apple Valley. When we sold the

restaurant seven years later, Sarah was only in high school but was our best cook and manager.

We believed in giving back to the community then just as we do now. We regularly sponsored ice

cream socials for the local honor students. We sponsored Little League and youth soccer teams and,

whenever an emergency occurred, we delivered food and drinks to the first responders.

Our three daughters (Sarah, Melissa, and Melanie) were raised with our strong work ethic and taught

to strive for the best customer service possible. Being a family business, they worked from day one.

They were taught to always do their best no matter where life took them. During our busy season,

they were all on the payroll and learned the value of earning a buck! At 4 years old, Melanie would

pull up a milk crate to the cash register and learned to count back change before she had even started

kindergarten. The girls would come out after school to do their homework and would take a break

from their schoolwork to help out when it got busy. All three girls are now college-educated and very

successful. We now also have grandchildren!

Sarah has always wanted to return to her roots and open another restaurant. A court employee with a

great job, she still had that itch she wanted to scratch. She would call her mother every once in a

while, “Mom, I found a place. What do you think about it?” But it was never the right location or

lacked character or a great history - nothing iconic enough to warrant a start-up. Then one day Sarah

called and said, “Mom, Hesperia Airport?” And Pam said yes! The perfect location with great local

customers. The perfect old building with lots of character and an iconic history. So, like the close-

knit family we are, we circled our wagons and with lots of help from family and friends and lots of

blood, sweat, and tears - here we are... The Aviator Café and Bar!

Let us make your family, our family. Let us serve you the best possible food in a clean and enjoyable

environment. We want you to feel at home. Get to know us. Share your stories with us. And, most

importantly, enjoy!

 

Sincerely, the Spagnuolo and Mayne families

© 2016 Aviator Cafe