Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2018 issue
ST. PAUL, MINN. – “Holman’s Table” opened recently in the historic terminal building at St. Paul Downtown Airport (KSTP), marking the first time the airport has had a restaurant on site since 1997, and the only general aviation airport restaurant in the Twin Cities. The restaurant was named for Charles W. “Speed” Holman, a local aviation hero from the early days of aviation.
Located just southeast of downtown St. Paul, the terminal building was built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. A recent renovation brought the castle-like building back to life with modern finishes and textures that complement the restored terrazzo floors, Kasota limestone walls and brass railings—the perfect setting for a unique dining experience.
Troy Reding, co-owner of Ally Hospitality, which operates Holman’s Table, says the 90-seat restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and takes its inspiration from worldly dining hot spots.
The menu was designed to showcase fresh ingredients, refined techniques and bold flavors. Diners can choose their level of adventure, with dishes ranging from wild boar poutine and seared duck ragout, to an iconic burger or organic farro salad. The drink menu shares this inspiration, featuring a draft line exclusively composed of Minnesota brews, alongside ingenious craft cocktails and an extensive wine list.
For customers on the fly, a full-service coffee bar in the lobby will eventually offer grab-and-go food options, like a spirulina breakfast jar and browned butter cinnamon rolls from the in-house pastry chef. The restaurant also offers catering services, which is helpful to charter and corporate flights especially, private event space, a conference room and a river walk, all with convenient, free parking!
During the warmer months, the restaurant opens its doors to a patio that overlooks the airport, with the Mississippi River bluffs as a backdrop.
Pilots flying to Holman’s Table can park on the ramp outside the terminal building, come through the gate and walk inside, then turn right. For local pilots, Holman’s Table is located at 644 Bayfield Street off of Plato Boulevard in St. Paul. The restaurant is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates St. Paul Downtown Airport, along with five other general aviation airports and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
Recent work near the airport’s terminal includes expanded vehicle parking and a paved route to the stairs leading down to the historic seaplane base on the Mississippi River.
The airport has more than 40,000 general aviation operations each year.