Matt and Marianne Pacha opened Flight Bar + Grille in Huxley, Iowa, earlier this year. In the process, they built a business that has community at the heart of its operations.
The Pacha’s moved to Huxley in 2017 and saw a need for the type of restaurant that they were hoping to build. “Huxley deserves a bar and grill like the one that we were envisioning,” said Matt, reflecting on the early conversations that he and Marianne were having with family and friends. “After about six months, the conversations turned from how this could work to how we are going to make this work.”
Ideas turned into action and in March 2022, Flight opened. “All of the signs were there for us to do this,” said Marianne. They secured the location in north Huxley on Highway 69 and had the ability to customize the interior to match the look and feel that they wanted. “I'm passionate about ambiance and experience, so it was important for us to get the look and brand right.”
The Flight name is community inspired and plays off the local Ballard Community School District’s mascot, the Bombers B-52 airplane. It is also woven into their menu selections: beer and dip flights. Most importantly for the Pascha’s was how nearly every aspect of their business weaves the notion of community into it.
One of the unique amenities that Flight brings to Huxley is the addition of a golf simulator. It is a great off-season option for the golf community, even if they cannot arrive in their golf carts during the winter.
Just as Flight Bar + Grill leans into the community school brand, they are also personal contributors to the high school’s athletic club. The high school golf team uses the golf simulator in the off-season, and they also employ several high school students part time.
Upon opening, the Pacha’s announced their membership program called the Flight Crew. In a nod to the sitcom Cheers, which was known as the local establishment for locals to meet, relax, and socialize, the Flight Crew offers discounts on food and drinks, but also provides members with their own beer stein mug with their name on it. When Flight Crew members come in, they grab their personalized mug for the night.
When you visit Flight Bar + Grill and are looking for a recommendation, consider the Foundation Burger. The double burger includes cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and a mustard aioli. Consistent with their brand, $1 of each burger goes to the Ballard Education Foundation that supports teachers and students in the Ballard Community School District.
Flight Bar + Grille is located at 931 N US HWY 69 in Huxley, Iowa
304 Main St.
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: (515) 232-2310
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