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RDU bringing on board local favorites

When the new terminal opens at Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) next summer it will feature several concepts with regional themes, including two local restaurant favorites and a third unique regional concept proposed by Host International.

The HMSHost subsidiary will open a Carolina Ale House, a 42nd Street Oyster Bar and a Brookwood Farms, which serves North Carolina-style barbecue.

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority approved the concepts last week, allowing it to move forward with negotiations with Host, The Paradies Shops, JQ Enterprises, 2nd Edition Booksellers and Borders Inc. to finalize details on 18 of the 40 restaurants and shops that will open with the new terminal.

2nd Edition is a locally-owned and operated store that already operates in Terminal A. Paradies will open a collection of news and retail stores including a Southern Season store and a Drugs & More, a drugstore concept that has been popular at Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX).

Requests for proposals for additional stores and restaurants will be received through December and the Authority will negotiate with companies to bring specialty services such as a wine bar and a high-tech gadgetry store to the 900,000 square foot terminal as well.

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