You may want to go to the airport hungry from now on.
They range from a local burger joint and Minnesota liquor-maker to popular national chains, according to the Star Tribune, the Business Journal, and what was said at recent Metropolitan Airports Commission meetings.
Here are some of the local establishments that won bids:
- People's Organic.
- Blue Door Pub.
- Hi-Lo Diner.
- Bottle Rocket, a concept from Blue Plate Restaurant Group of the Twin Cities.
- The Cook and the Ox, a restaurant from Jack Riebel of The Lexington and Butcher & the Boar fame.
- Tattersall Distilling, which tweeted they're "so excited."
Some chains will also be coming to MSP. They are:
- Auntie Anne's pretzels.
- Bruegger's Bagels.
- Buffalo Wild Wings.
- Caribou Coffee.
- Leeann Chin, apparently with sushi.
- Panda Express.
- Shake Shack (its second Minnesota location).
Joe & The Juice (a fresh-pressed juice shop based in Denmark) and Zona Cocina (a Mexican restaurant that's currently at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport) will also be among the new options at MSP Airport.
Construction on these new restaurants will begin in February, with the project completed in December 2019, the commission's website says. The lease for each restaurant is for 10 years.
All these new restaurants have to go somewhere, and that means some restaurants will be closing. Among them: A&W, Quiznos, Godfather's Pizza, Hometown Sports, Itasca, and O'Gara's Bar and Grill, the Business Journal reports.
It was a competitive process
This is part of a big revamp at MSP
This new group of more than two dozen restaurants is part of phase two of MSP Airport's revamp of its concessions. Phase one was finished this spring, and included 50 new places to eat and drink.
These two phases mark the biggest turnover of concessions at MSP Airport since 2004, the Star Tribune reports.
For a list of more than 100 places that are currently open at MSP Airport to eat, drink and shop, click here.