Food and flight: The Tower Grill opens at Nampa Airport

Nate Lindskoog, owner of The Tower Grill, has opened his new restaurant at the Nampa Municipal Airport. The Tower Grill is open for breakfast and lunch.  The Tower Grill is located at the Nampa Municipal Airport, 105 Municipal Dr.  Hours are: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesday.  For more information visit

NAMPA — The view at the Tower Grill is hard to beat.

At least that’s the opinion of Nate Lindskoog, owner of the new restaurant at Nampa Municipal Airport that combines airplanes and a from-scratch cooking menu.

“It’s the stuff that I love making for my kids, it’s the stuff that I think people would want to sit down and watch airplanes and have brunch on the patio,” Lindskoog said.

Located on the top floor at 105 Municipal Drive, the restaurant features a patio and a line of windows facing the runway. Inside, the walls have a fresh coat of paint and festooned with rusty airplane parts recovered from a local junkyard.

From the Ford Tri-Motor Omelet to the A-10 Burrito, the entire restaurant is an homage to flight. Lindskoog grew up around airplanes, in part because his dad has a pilot’s license. So, combining his affinity for flight with with his 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry seemed right.

lined with corrugated metal salvaged from an old hangar. One of the interior walls is lined with a series of framed airplane photos taken by Lindskoog’s father.

Because the small municipal airport doesn’t have its own air traffic control tower, Lindskoog wanted to make the grill feel like one. Adding to that ambiance is the fact the restaurant has a speaker in the ceiling. If the noise inside isn’t too loud, guests may be able to hear pilots on their radios coordinating take-offs and landings.

The menu is simple, includes daily specials and revolves around breakfast and burgers with a fresh fruit and vegetable twist hearkening to Lindskoog’s northern California upbringing. For now, The Tower Grill is open for breakfast and lunch six days a week. Doors are closed Tuesdays.

Many of the restaurant’s patrons are pilots, visitors and those who just love to come watch the airplanes, Lindskoog said.

Diner Bob Funk, who relaxed at the restaurant last week with his daughter and granddaughter, said he approves of the changes. Funk, a pilot who splits time living in Eagle and Arizona, said he’s eaten at the restaurant frequently over the years.

“This is greatly improved,” Funk said, as a waitress set down an order of fish and chips.

For cities like Nampa, having a general aviation airport is important to local business, he said. They are the commercial gateway for local business leaders, and having a functional airport with a restaurant is a “tremendous asset” to the airport’s ability to attract other business.

“Besides being fun for the community, for the pilot community it’s an asset,” Funk said. “It’s part of their business routine or tool to have lunch with partners or clients.”

~Lis Stewart

Lis Stewart is the Nampa reporter. She can be reached at 465-8193 or Follow on Twitter: @CarpetComm. 

The Tower Grill Opens in Nampa, Idaho Airport, Just Feet From Warhawks Air Museum

The Tower Grill Opens in the Nampa, Idaho Airport, Just Feet from the Warhawks Air Museum

Nampa, Idaho - On October 15, 2016 – The Tower Grill announced the Grand Opening of their restaurant, November 5, 2016 located in the “Tower” at the Nampa Municipal Airport at 105 Municipal Dr., Nampa, ID83687.  The 47-seat restaurant reflects the core concept of genuine, family friendly service and atmosphere highlighting the magic that a small town airport has to offer.

At The Tower, Nate’s menu showcases American, fresh, seasonal specials and the restaurants signature menu items such as hand-pressed burgers (named The Spitfire, P-38, The 172), Fish and Chips, Spruce Goose chicken sandwich, giant cinnamon rolls, landing gear size pancakes, biscuits and gravy with crispy bacon and French pressed coffee. The Tower Grill fuses mouth-watering tastes with affordable prices.

Coming Soon – Locally brewed beers on tap, weekend brunch, mimosas and bottled beer.

Featuring a mix of modern new materials and vintage aviation salvage finds, The Tower is a family-friendly space with an aviation vibe, artisan wood, and freshly painted interior.  The restaurant offers a mix of dining options; artisanal wood bench, cozy dining with views of airplanes and The Owyhee’s, and comfortable outdoor patio seating overlooking the runway.  A handsome, nostalgic artisanal wood bar wrapped in corrugated metal is the perfect spot for your meal.  Casual touches like chalkboards announce daily specials and the 55” tv plays aviation videos.  Private dining options are available after hours for meetings and parties.

The Tower Grill comes courtesy of Nate Lindskoog, father of six and husband to Heidi Lindskoog.  Known for a passion and dedication to cuisine and aviation, Nate put his entrepreneurial skills to the test and gave up his day job to start The Tower Grill.  Nate has grown up with a rich history of flying in his family; flying with his father when he was young and growing up around airplanes.  Nate has 15 years of restaurant experience.  From his first job delivering Chinese food at the age of 16 Nate fell in love with the restaurant industry.  Overtime, Nate has developed a deep passion for food and more importantly, helping people gain meaningful connections through the experience of sharing a meal together in a comfortable environment.

Open six days a week, The Tower Grill is located in the Historic Tower at  105 Municipal Dr., Nampa, ID83687.  The restaurant is open for Breakfast and Lunch Wednesday through Monday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Major credit cards are accepted.  Takeout is available.  Call 208. 468.0460 for reservations, or visit  Like The Tower on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @thetowergrill.

For more information or to request interviews, please contact Nate Lindskoog (208) 468-0460, or