Space-aged dining at Los Angeles International Airport

Built in 1961 and undergoing major renovation, the Theme Building at LAX still looks sort of futuristic. Even while encased in scaffolding put up after a 1,000-pound piece of stucco coating fell off the building in Feb. 2007.

While the $10 million restoration project continues outside, travelers can once again dine inside at the space-aged themed Encounter Restaurant at the top of the building. Closed for almost a year, the restaurant re-opened last November.

I stopped by for lunch last week and was delighted to discover that the refreshed restaurant still has cool theme music in the elevator and retro-Jetsons decor. They even have souvenir postcards.

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The cool photo on the Encounter Restaurant postcard is by Tom Paiva www.tompaiva.com