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Kansas Profile – Now That’s Rural: Yvette and Monte Ysidro – Stearman Bar and Grill

Let’s go out for lunch. There are lots of options. Some are sit-down restaurants. Some have drive-up windows. How about a fly-in restaurant? Today we’ll learn about a remarkable fly-in restaurant in rural Kansas where customers can literally fly or drive in for a meal.

Stearman Bar and Grill, located at Stearman Field in Benton, Kansas, is named for aviation pioneer Lloyd Stearman.
Stearman Bar and Grill, located at Stearman Field in Benton, Kansas, is named for aviation pioneer Lloyd Stearman.

In recent weeks we have learned about aviation pioneers such as Clyde Cessna, Walter and Olive Ann Beech, and Lloyd Stearman. Today we’ll visit a modern-day restaurant which bears Stearman’s name. Yvette Ysidro and her husband Monte are the owners of the Stearman Bar and Grill at Stearman Field, a private airport near Benton northeast of Wichita.

The original owners of this airport were private pilots Dwayne and Julie Clemens. They built a hangar here, including a place where people could drink coffee and get a sandwich out of the fridge. As it became more popular, it evolved into a café called Stearman Bar and Grill.

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