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a culinary experience with a difference, offering get-togethers, formal functions, corporate events and more.

Beyond the boundaries of taste

A unique culinary experience

Shirley’s is an Airplane Restaurant centerpiece that is a fully intact Boeing 737-400  transformed into a culinary masterpiece. Positioned on the Formula-K Race Circuit in Benoni. 

It promises to be a culinary experience with a difference, offering get-togethers, formal functions, corporate events and more.

ZS-JRI aviation career came to her end but she has been given a new lease of life in the form of a converted restaurant and event venue.

What is Sherly's?

Shirley`s is a Boeing 737-400 aircraft acquired from FlySafair in the process of being transformed into a culinary masterpiece where you can experience a first class dining adventure on board. 

In 2021, Brian Hendricks and Collin Whitaker started planning a restaurant with a difference, they insisted that diners are ready for a completely different culinary experience and started picturing an airplane restaurant positioned on the Formula-K Race Circuit. A Boeing 737-400 was acquired from Flysafair and  arrived at the Formula-K circuit on 14 December 2021.

A once a in a lifetime project is underway where this aircraft was elevated into her final landing position and the wings and vertical stabilizers reattached. The interior will be a seated venue that is configurable for conferences and events of many kinds. 

Shirley’s is estimated to open its doors in early in 2022, it will be a restaurant and exclusive event venue that promises to bring an experience to South African diners they will not want to miss out on.

Fine cuisine in luxury lounge

Our Dining Philosophy

We serve beautifully crafted, real food that is sustainably and ethically sourced from local suppliers. Our menus change regularly, inspired by the seasons and the finest fresh produce available. 

We are committed to creating a food experience with a difference as you dine with us in a Boeing 737-400. 

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skip the average venue and through an epic event

Beef steak

Shirley's is the talk of the town

Some interesting stories in the media about sherleys journey to formula-k

Aviation Central

ZS-JRI was one of the few remaining B737-4Q8’s. She served her last few years with our friends at FlySafair. Her last flight (FA217) was on the 22nd of June 2021 from Cape Town International Airport to OR Tambo International Airport and she ended her flying career with this flight taking her to 35 000 feet and doing 526kts, landing 28mins before the scheduled time (16:55). She is 29 years old and here serial number is 25095.

Sunday Times

Boeing 737 takes its last trip — through the streets of Benoni.

At 1.30am, with the “pilots” making the most of low traffic levels, a former FlySafair Boeing 737-400 began its last journey from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.

Welcome home #shirley

Due to the high public interest the transporters and EMPD made the call to take the journey in the early hours of the morning. She arrived safely at her new home at Formula-k at 02:08 on 14 December 2021.
A big thank you to the contractors involved in this historical project.

Shirley’s is an Airplane Restaurant centerpiece that is a fully intact Boeing 737-400  transformed into a culinary masterpiece. Positioned on the Formula-K Race Circuit in Benoni. .

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