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
Sincerely, the Spagnuolo and Mayne families