County and airport officials say the new restaurant lineup set to come to John Wayne Airport will embody Orange County's laidback culture and cater to what the destination's roughly 9 million passengers are looking for when they're in between flights.
"The combination of restaurant concepts and menu items proposed by HMSHost promises to bring the flavor of Orange County to John Wayne Airport and, importantly, the variety our passengers have asked for," said Alan L. Murphy, director of the airport.
The Board of Supervisors yesterday approved a 10-year food and beverage lease with current concessionaire HMSHost, which teamed with local and national brands to create its upgraded offerings.
The company plans to spend $15.6 million to remodel its existing locations in Terminals A and B, and to build new spaces in Terminal C. HMSHost is bringing on local eateries such as Javier's Cantina, Zov's Bistro, Hobie Hut and Ruby's Diner, as well as national brands such as Pei Wei Asian Diner and Pinkberry. (To see where those stores and others will be located in the three terminals, click here.)
In addition, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday awarded lease agreements to Paradies and The Hudson Group to operate news and gift concessions throughout the three terminals (for more on where those shops will be located, click here.) And, in November, the board also approved specialty concession leases with Caterina's, a sweet shop; Subway, an internationally known sandwich store; and Vino Volo, which will serve up a selection of foods, wine by the glass or bottle and tastings.
Moving forward, the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 25 will consider approving leases with Carl's Jr./Green Burrito and Sbarro/Panda Express for two fast-food concessions in the three terminals.
"HMSHost thanks the airport and is grateful to the Board of Supervisors for selecting our proposal that included signature local restaurants," said Anthony Alessi, vice president of business development for HMSHost. "Along with our local partners, we look forward to continuing the great relationship we’ve had with John Wayne Airport and bringing these exciting Orange County icons to travelers."
For more renderings of the new food and beverage concepts, click here.
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