MCA’s Presence at Key West Airport

Key West International Airport celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony that marked the beginning of its $100-million expansion on Wednesday.

The Concourse A terminal expansion is expected to take two and a half years to complete. It will improve the airport’s service and operational flexibility, featuring just under 50,000 square feet of space with a departure area, additional baggage and concession areas, restrooms, support areas and an upgraded security checkpoint. Additionally, the expansion will allow for seven passenger boarding jet bridges.

Concourse A will be made accessible to the rest of the airport via an extended pedestrian bridge.

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SLC Announces New Upcoming Concessions MCA’s Expansion at SLC

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) this week unveiled a varied menu of new restaurants and retail shops for Phase 2 of the new SLC Redevelopment Program, with airport officials stressing that all will be required to offer street pricing.

The concession operators selected are HG SLC Retailers JV, HMSHostMarshall Retail GroupOHM Concession GroupParadies LagardèreMillcreek Coffee RoastersMinute Suites and SLC Hospitality Partners, with Master ConcessionAir.

The New SLC Phase 2 has been designed for 19 retail and restaurant spaces totaling 23,873 square feet and many of the businesses selected are ACDBE-certified, airport officials said.

Among the offerings travelers will be able to enjoy next year are local coffee companies Millcreek Coffee Roasters and Hugo Coffee, full-service restaurants Red Rock Brewery and P.F. Chang’s, local quick serve eateries Blue Iguana, Rockwell’s Ice Cream and Vessel Kitchen and national brands Auntie Anne’s, Burger King, Jimmy John’s and Wow Bao.

SLC passengers will also see a location for Chicago-based Protein Bar and Kitchen, which specializes in healthy protein-filled dishes.

Retail outlets will include the Atrium, a specialty retail concept that features brands such as Build-A-Bear, Brookstone, Herschel Supply Co. and Sunglass Hut; a Hudson Nonstop and a Hudson travel convenience store; Minute Suites, where passengers can rent out a private room for a quiet escape; SLC Public Market, a convenience and local specialty store theme around Salt Lake’s Farmer’s Market; and a Utah Jazz Pro Shop.

“Passengers have given the Phase 1 concessions four-star reviews,” said Bill Wyatt, executive director, Salt Lake City Department of Airports. “We expect Phase 2 selections to be just as popular.”

The New SLC Phase 2 encompasses a 22-gate extension of Concourse A to the east. The first four Delta Air Lines gates will open in spring 2023, followed by 18 Delta gates in the fall 2023.

Phase 2 concessions are slated to open in fall 2023.

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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