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SLC Award F&B Contracts First Phase Of New Airport

Contracts for more than 46,000 square feet of food and beverage space at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) have been awarded as part of Phase 1 of the airport’s redevelopment. The first phase of The New SLC will include 23 concepts from Cafe Rio, HMSHost, LaTrelles, OHM, SSP America, Salt Lake Brewing Company and The Grove.

As with the retail component of The New SLC, street pricing is planned for food and beverage.

“Our passengers are hungry for a variety of food and beverage options,” said Bill Wyatt, executive director, Salt Lake City Department of Airports. “Today’s traveler expects airports to provide a quality selection of restaurants with affordable pricing. Whether its casual fare or fine dining they will find it at The New SLC Airport.”

HMSHost will have the largest presence among Phase 1 food and beverage operators, with 10 concepts and 12 locations. The company will operate Bruges Belgian Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen, Market Street Grill, Panera Bread, Pizzeria Limone, Shake Shack. SLC Life Market, Smashburger, Starbucks (3 locations) and White Horse Spirits and Kitchen.

Steve Johnson, president and CEO of HMSHost, thanked the Salt Lake City Department of Airports and said, “The restaurants we will open are at the forefront of innovative dining trends at both the local and national level, and we could not be more excited to provide these great new dining destinations for SLC’s travelers.”

SSP America will operate six concepts in the new airport: Blue Lemon, Fillings & Emulsions, Pago, Panda Express, Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen and Uinta Brewing Company

Local Brewer Salt Lake Brewing Company will operate two pubs – Squatters Pub and Wasatch Pub – in the new facility.

With its first airport contract west of the Mississippi River, OHM Concessions Group won its bid to operate two concepts – Beans & Brews and Silver Diner – at SLC.

“We are proud and excited to be working with the New Salt Lake City International Airport team to deliver these unique concepts to the passengers, staff and visitors,” said Milan Patel, president and CEO of OHM. “We are committed to elevating the passengers’ journey with unique dining experiences.”

The three remaining contracts were awarded to Cafe Rio to operate Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, The Grove Inc. to operate Granatos, and LaTrelle’s Management Group to operate Pick Up Stix.

The first phase of The New SLC will include a central terminal, the west end of two concourses and a parking garage. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.

A second phase is scheduled to be finished in late 2024, and will include additional food and beverage concepts. When completed, the program will have more than 75,000 square feet of dining space, a roughly 50 percent increase from the current level.