FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Landing Zone is one of the installation's most popular dining destinations, and although the facility's kitchen is currently undergoing restoration, the Fort Rucker staple is still open for business.

The restaurant is still operating under the same hours of operation, but the dining area is currently located in the Legends room next to the main ballroom, said Hugo Siegel, Fort Rucker business operations officer.

"If you make your way into the building, there are signs pointing the way and the hostess will be right there in the lobby by the fireplace to seat guests," said Siegel. "Although the menu has been slightly adjusted somewhat to accommodate, fan favorites are still available.

"What we're doing (with the renovation) is making the kitchen bigger to handle a higher volume and to be able to introduce some different menu items," said Siegel. "The Landing was originally built as a bingo snack bar and doesn't really hold up to the level of volume we normally see come through The Landing Zone."

The Rapid Fire lunch special is still being offered, and at this time is offering two options every day instead of one, said the operations officer. The special comes with two sides and a roll for $8. "You can't beat this price and it's a full plate of food for lunch."

People can also continue to place orders for pickup and full table service is still available, said Siegel. "Nothing has really changed other than the location, for now."

Although the dining area is in a new location, Siegel said The Landing Zone is still one of the quickest options for lunch on or off the installation.

"A lot of us don't have a full hour for lunch," he said. "When you think about it, you have to leave your office and go to lunch, so the time you have to spend is only a few minutes to get your lunch, especially when you go off post.

"When you go off post you have to wait in line at a drive through, or you have go somewhere to sit down to eat, but the biggest thing is you have to wait in line again when you're coming back at the gate because everyone is trying to funnel back through," he continued. "But The Landing Zone is right there down the street from most locations (on post) and I feel it's very well centrally located from most places. If you want to call in your order before you leave your office, it'll be ready by the time you get there."

The Landing Zone is also open for dinner and there are specials throughout the week to cater to patrons. Tuesday night features Kids Eat Free night, where up to two children can eat free from the children's menu with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Wednesdays are wing nights, and Fridays are steak nights where people can purchase two rib eye steaks for $26, said Siegel. "You can't beat that."

When the kitchen renovation is done, The Landing Zone will release a new menu to go along with its new kitchen.

"We will still be keeping a lot of the old classics and favorites, but we will be bringing some new flare and change up what we've always done so well," said the operations officer.

The Landing Zone is open Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with hours extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on The Landing Zone, call 255-0768.