Business After Five [BA5] with host Bessie's Diner in collaboration with the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce

Mar 09 2023

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Business After Five [BAB5] with host Bessie's Diner in collaboration with the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, March 9 | 1716 W. Airport Road | 5-7 PM
Admission: $5 members & $10 non-members
(2) drink tickets and appetizers are included for the evening. 

Pre-registration is not required. 


About our Host

Named after Beloit native Bessie Raiche, the first American woman to fly solo in an airplane, this aviation-themed restaurant at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport is open for breakfast and lunch. You'll feel as though you've traveled back in time to a classic 1950s diner, with vinyl-covered stools and chrome-plated tables, as well as food reminiscent of the 50s with modern attributes. The menu and the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the runway make Bessie's Diner the perfect spot for small groups.

Free Parking
Handicap Accessible
Local Owned

Who Was Bessie?
Bessica Raiche was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, and distinguished herself shortly after the turn of the 20th century as a Renaissance woman.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, painter, linguist and swimmer, Bessie also worked as a dentist and physician. However, her most impressive accomplishment came in 1910 when she was accredited by the Aeronautical Society as being the first woman to fly an airplane in a solo flight.  

Here’s the kicker — she had no flight instruction or experience before taking to the sky alone. She and her husband built their airplane in their living room and assembled it in the yard. She flew the biplane in 1910.