Vino Volo has been named winner of one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ 15th annual Hot Concepts! Awards.
The awards will be presented during the NRN’s 50th anniversary Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference in Dallas in October.
“The Hot Concepts! Award program captures the entrepreneurial spirit that the foodservice industry was built on,” says Tom Larranaga, publisher of Nation’s Restaurant News. “This year’s winners have beaten the odds and overcome a particularly unforgiving business climate with new restaurant concepts that have strong consumer appeal and great potential for future growth.”
The program has been honoring the industry’s most creative and innovative emerging concepts since 1995. Winners must be no more than seven years old, have a financially successful track record and show concepts with such customer appeal to set them up for future growth.
Vino Volo offers travelers a refuge in the airport where they can have a glass of wine before, during or between flights. The company was founded in 2004 by Doug Tomlinson and has eight locations in U.S. airports. It also sells flights of wine and small plates such as sandwiches, cured meats and artisanal cheeses, as well as bottles that customers can take with them.
The other four winners were The Lazy Dog Café©, Red Mango USA, Smashburger and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria.