5 RESTAURANTS TO VISIT IN WILLIAMSBURG THIS SUMMER
Visit Williamsburg • Published on: May 15, 2023
Charley’s Airport Restaurant
This is a small, fun spot where locals meet for a bite and watch airplanes come and go at the tiny Williamsburg Airport. I walked in on a busy weekday around noon and found a place with maybe eight tables and windows looking out on the runway, which is only a few yards from the restaurant. Vintage metal signs adorn the walls, and model planes of all sorts hang from the ceiling. As I stopped to take a couple of photos, a gentleman of a certain age sidled up to me. “You should be careful,” he said in a quiet voice. “Some of these people are in the witness protection program. You might blow their cover.” The diner was filled with locals chatting among themselves as I walked onto the set of the TV show “Cheers.” I enjoyed a fine sandwich with turkey, ham, and Swiss cheese on soft, fluffy bread, with a side of two-bean, vegetarian chili topped with grated cheddar. They bake their own bread and make their own pies. After lunch, owner Dan Hausman told me Bill Schultz, my “Don’t take photos” jokester, comes in almost every day. “We buy his lunch on Sundays,” he said. I chat with Schultz after lunch and find out he’s 93 years old and a Korean and Vietnam war veteran. “I’ve been an aviation geek almost all my life,” he told me. “I come here three or four or sometimes five days a week.” Charly’s also serves up burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and other items. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a couple of planes taking off or landing. If you’re really lucky, you’ll meet Bill Schultz.
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