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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Customers visit the Golden Dragon Restaurant before undergoing construction April 25, 2013. The planned completion date is October 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Customers visit the Golden Dragon Restaurant before undergoing construction April 25, 2013. The planned completion date is October 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Construction at the Golden Dragon Restaurant continues Sept. 17, 2013. The planned completion date is October 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Construction at the Golden Dragon Restaurant continues Sept. 17, 2013. The planned completion date is October 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The interior redesign of the Golden Dragon restaurant has begun.

The renovation, which is part of the Small Projects Initiative headed by U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the U.S. Air Force Services Directorate in conjunction with Spangdahlem Air Base, runs from Sept. 1 - Oct. 15.

"The Golden Dragon renovation is a non-appropriated funded project through the Air Force Small Projects Initiative and the USAF/SD," said Tony Boob, 52nd Force Support Squadron community services chief.

With the SPI and USAF/SD heading the non-appropriated funding, these renovations will cost nothing to the tax payer because the monies generated to complete the project are generated through purchases made at FSS facilities.

"Customer demand is what drove us to a decision to submit the Golden Dragon restaurant for an Air Force Small Projects Program for our Saber Community to continue to enjoy well into the future," Boob said. "Customers speak with their wallets, and our sales data shows us without question that this is one of our most popular food establishments on the base."

Spangdahlem was approved for $195,000 toward the project, which will give the Golden Dragon an entire new look. Some of the improvements include new flooring, wall finishes, lighting, kitchen equipment and a new sushi bar area.

Earlier this year, the Wilkommen Center was renamed the Saber Conference Center. Every conference room in the SCC was also renamed to be more in line with the flying history of the 52nd Fighter Wing. Finally, Toni's Gift Shop was added to the SCC and Kuhl Beanz Coffee Shop received a furniture upgrade. The completion of the Golden Dragon project will mark the end of the development plan.

Sabers can expect to see a more modern look and free Wi-Fi throughout the facility, among other changes, when the Golden Dragon reopens in mid October.