Kansas City Barbecue celebrates 30 years since ‘Top Gun’ premiered

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Tom Cruise in a scene from the 1986 film "Top Gun" produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. (Gannett News Service/Paramount Pictures)

SAN DIEGO – If you feel the “need for speed” today, then you might be feeling nostalgic for the movie “Top Gun.”

The movie which was filmed in San Diego was released 30 years ago today.

The movie was about Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School where elite pilots refined their flying skills. A hotshot fighter pilot Maverick – played by Tom Cruise – was sent to the school, where his reckless attitude and both annoys and impresses LCDR Rick “Jester” Heatherly and other instructors.

The movie starred Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards.

One of the most memorable scenes took place at Kansas City Barbecue in downtown San Diego near the convention center.

To honor the film, the restaurant is offering t-shirts and will have some of the movie’s extras. One of them was McGillis’ stand in.