San Diego Restaurant Honors 30th Anniversary of “Top Gun”

Kansas City Barbeque, located near San Diego's waterfront, appeared in the 1986 movie "Top Gun"

A classic 1980s movie that featured scenes filmed inside a San Diego restaurant is turning 30 next week and anniversary celebrations have already kicked off.

“Top Gun” was released on May 16, 1986, featuring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in leading roles.

The last scene in “Top Gun” was filmed at the Kansas City Barbeque, in which Marverick, played by Cruise and Charlie (McGillis) reunite.

Kansas City Barbeque opened 33 years ago in downtown San Diego on W. Harbor Drive near Kettner Boulevard. Since being featured in the film, it has become an iconic landmark in America’s Finest City.

Celebrations for the movie and restaurant’s anniversary began Monday and will continue through May 19.

The restaurant will host a screening of “Top Gun,” and the celebration will feature food and drink specials, plus merchandise for sale for fans, including shirts and challenge coins commemorating the 30th anniversary of the movie.

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