Florida brothers turn 1957 airplane into restaurant

DC-7 Grille hoping to open establishment in months

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Two brothers are refurbishing a 1957 airplane and turning it into a restaurant in Central Florida.

Danny and Skip Perna bought the DC-7 airplane from Opa-locka Airport in Miami after it was decommissioned from flight in 2005. The classic airliner was last used to fly cargo.

The brothers said the DC-7 Grille will seat nearly 50 customers plus a bar. The cockpit will remain intact and the wings are being painted silver in an attempt to match the aircraft's original metallic sheen.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports it will be several more months before the restaurant opens. The city must also sign off on the plans.

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