Chef Art Smith opening retro-style diner at Orlando International Airport

According to a recent post on social media, Charles Smith, AKA “Chef Art Smith” of Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ in Disney Springs, is opening a new restaurant concept in the Orlando International Airport.

The new Sunshine Diner by Chef Art Smith will be located on the second level of the new terminal, which is expected to open sometime in 2022. Other new concepts moving into the airport include a new Wine Bar George location and a new concept by Ravenous Pig called “Provisions by Cask and Larder.”

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The best restaurants in America’s busiest airports

A respectable airport restaurant is like a port in a storm. If you’ve made it through security with your dignity intact, and your flight wasn’t canceled, you’ve got time to kill and a reason to treat yourself. If you’re away from home, you’ve got one last chance to experience the culture of a different city, even if it’s the mall food-court version.

Desperate travelers will settle for less — a bag of trail mix from Hudson News, a ridiculous Starbucks concoction or a salad snatched from a refrigerated shelf. But even in the corporate wasteland of the airport, there’s quality to be found. Many of today’s shiny new terminals include classic hometown restaurants and notable chefs from the cities they’re in.

Concourse concessions come with concessions, of course. Just like at pro sports stadiums, giant management companies license restaurant names, which means you might get a watered-down version of a signature recipe. When you’re wearing airport goggles, big chains start to look better because consistency equals dependability — but we’re imploring you to go beyond the Chili’s Too.

For your preflight checklist, we consulted local experts — including food and travel writers — to get their recommendations at the 13 busiest airports in the country. We solicited input from readers, considering almost 600 responses. At each airport, from Atlanta to Denver to Los Angeles, we included one leisurely sit-down option, one quick-serve counter and wild-card picks full of craft beers, desserts and more local classics.

We hope you packed your appetite.

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Flights of (food) fancy: The best restaurants in America’s busiest airports

PHILLIP REED FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

In the Connie bar at the TWA Hotel in New York’s JFK airport.

THE WASHINGTON POST

A respectable airport restaurant is like a port in a storm. If you’ve made it through security with your dignity intact, and your flight wasn’t canceled, you’ve got time to kill and a reason to treat yourself. If you’re away from home, you’ve got one last chance to experience the culture of a different city, even if it’s the mall food-court version.

Desperate travelers will settle for less – a bag of trail mix from Hudson News, a ridiculous Starbucks concoction or a salad snatched from a refrigerated shelf. But even in the corporate wasteland of the airport, there’s quality to be found. Many of today’s shiny new terminals include classic hometown restaurants and notable chefs from the cities they’re in.

Concourse concessions come with concessions, of course. Just like at pro sports stadiums, giant management companies license restaurant names, which means you might get a watered-down version of a signature recipe. When you’re wearing airport goggles, big chains start to look better because consistency equals dependability – but we’re imploring you to go beyond the Chili’s Too.

For your preflight checklist, we consulted local experts – including food and travel writers – to get their recommendations at the 13 busiest airports in the country. We solicited input from readers, considering almost 600 responses. At each airport, from Atlanta to Denver to Los Angeles, we included one leisurely sit-down option, one quick-serve counter and wild-card picks full of craft beers, desserts and more local classics.

We hope you packed your appetite.

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MAYOR LIGHTFOOT INTRODUCES ORDINANCE PROVIDING ADDITIONAL CONCESSION AGREEMENTS AT O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot introduced two ordinances to City Council today to approve four new concession agreements at O’Hare International Airport. Seven of the agreements place new food, beverage, and retail operations in locations across Terminals 3 and 5 following a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in April 2021. The additional agreement, following an RFP issued in July 2020, provides self-ordering technology and delivery services that allow customers to purchase food through their phones for gate-side delivery at O’Hare’s Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Diverse firms of various sizes were encouraged to submit proposals for both RFPs, and the agreements will reach an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) participation rate of approximately 40%, exceeding the CDA’s goal of 32% and the nationwide goal of 10% set by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“These new concessions at O’Hare offer small business opportunities at the world’s gateway to Chicago, while also providing exciting new options for travelers— including those using the revamped Terminal 5 opening later this year,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “This effort will bring an estimated 150 new jobs, and build on O’Hare’s reputation as one of the best airports in the country.”

These concessions agreements, the largest in more than 10 years for O’Hare, are a key component of the $8.5 billion initiative dubbed O’Hare 21, the curb-to-gate reinvestment strategy that will modernize facilities and offer new passenger amenities for the 21st century and beyond. The concessions selected through these ordinances will occupy just under 10,000 square feet of available space and will allow the airport to better serve increasing passenger traffic, especially in Terminal 5.

“The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is committed to bringing new ideas and diversified operators to our airport environment through concession agreements like this,” said CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee. “These eight new concession locations and the delivery service include 9 ACDBE businesses participating as direct lessors, service providers, joint venture partners, or subtenants, and we’re excited that four are new entrants to the airport’s concession program.”

“These ordinances taken together enhance the experience of Chicago residents and visitors throughout our airports,” said Chairman of the Committee on Aviation Matt O’Shea, 19th Ward. “It also gives ACDBE businesses opportunities for growth in one of the world’s finest airports.”

The new agreements will provide additional food, beverage, and retail opportunities within the newly expanded east concourse of Terminal 5, as well as expand on existing concession space in Terminal 3 and the west concourse of Terminal 5.

Proposed concessionaires include:

  • Butcher and the Burger, operated by HMS Host at Terminal 5 East Concourse
  • Sparrow Coffee, operated by HMS Host at Terminal 5 West Concourse
  • Boulevard and Branch, operated by Marshall Retail Group at Terminal 3 Concourse H/K
  • Chi Boys, operated by Marshall Retail Group at Terminal 5 East Concourse
  • Hampton Social, operated by Chicago Hospitality Partners at Terminal 5 West Concourse
  • Bar Siena, operated by Chicago Hospitality Partners at Terminal 5 East Concourse
  • FarmAir’s Market, operated by Chicago Hospitality Partners at Terminal 5 West Concourse
  • Six Points Market, operated by Marshall Retail Group at Terminal 5 East Concourse

Gateside ordering and delivery at O’Hare will be provided by Grab Chicago, a joint venture among Cursus Technologies, Inc., Hyde Park Hospitality, and URW Airports along with joint venture subcontractor AtYourGate.

 

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NEW CONCESSIONS, GATE DELIVERY APPROVED FOR ORD

Eight new concessions, mobile ordering and gate delivery services for O’Hare International Airport (ORD) were approved by the Chicago City Council this week. HMSHostMarshall Retail Group, Chicago Hospitality Partners and Grab Chicago were all approved for new contracts.

The concessions agreements, encompassing more than 9,500 square feet of new space, include both food and beverage and retail and include seven locations in Terminal 5 and one in Terminal 3. The awards follow a request for proposals issues more than a year ago in April 2021.

An additional agreement, resulting from an RFP issued in July 2020, will provide self-ordering technology and delivery services that allow passengers to purchase food and beverages from participating concessions through their phones for pick-up or gate-side delivery in Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

“With the $1 billion rehabilitation of Terminal 5 nearing completion, it’s important we allow for the construction of high-quality restaurant and retail space that matches the facility’s world-class design,” said Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA).
The approved agreements will achieve an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) participation rate of 40 percent, exceeding the CDA’s goal of 32 percent.

The concessions agreements, the largest in more than 10 years for ORD, are key component of the $8.5 billion initiative known as O’Hare 21, the curb-to-gate reinvestment strategy that will modernize facilities and offer new passenger amenities.

Chicago Hospitality Partners will operate three food and beverage locations in Terminal 5: Hampton Social, Bar Siena and FarmAir’s Market. HMSHost will open Butcher and the Burger and Sparrow Coffee. On the retail side, Marshall Retail Group will operate BLVD & Branch and Six Points East in Terminal 5, and Chi Boys in Terminal 3.

The mobile ordering and delivery services will be provided by Grab Chicago, a joint venture from Cursus Technologies, Inc., Hyde Park Hospitality, and URW Airports, along with joint venture subcontractor AtYourGate.

 

Article Source: Airport Experience News

Wine Bar George, Plus New Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando Stores Coming to Orlando International Airport’s New Terminal – WDW News Today

At today’s Greater Orlando Airport Aviation (GOAA) meeting, a floor map schematic revealed the new offerings coming to MCO’s Terminal C. A new Walt Disney World store, Universal Studios Store, and a Wine Bar George location were among the reveals for level two of the new Terminal C, which has yet to open.

Also included at Terminal C are a Duty-Free shop, Summer House Orlando, a SeaWorld store, DeSano Pizzeria, a TripAdvisor location, Provisions by Cask and Larder, Starbucks, Sunglass Hut, Shake Shack, Auntie Anne’s, and Olde Hearth Bread Co.

Read the full article here: https://wdwnt.com/2021/04/walt-disney-world-universal-orlando-wine-bar-george-coming-to-orlando-international-airports-new-terminal/