Craft beer bar, food truck court among 50 possible new arrivals at MSP airport

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A live music venue, a craft beer bar and a food truck-style food court could be among the new concessions landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in the near future.

They are among 50 new restaurant and retail "concepts" recommended by the Metropolitan Airpots Commission (MAC) as part of the "modernization" of MSP, after MAC officials pored through submissions from businesses over the last four months.

The MAC called for proposals to fill 72,000 square feet of terminal space with the aim of increasing its duty-free shopping opportunities, broadening its selection of ethnic foods, and reflecting the national trends towards craft beer and cocktails.

Among the submissions were:

  • A casual, full-service craft beer bar and restaurant.
  • A wine bar with limited food service, a "food truck" alley, and a full-service wine bar and restaurant.
  • A casual full-service restaurant, bar and music venue, and a craft cocktail bar and restaurant.
  • A 24-hour sandwich shop and a fast-casual restaurant.
  • New regionally-themed gift shops, art stores, bookstores, an outdoor lifestyle store, and new stores selling men's and women's apparel.

There are 50 units available across its terminal space, but as KSTP explains these 50 units are split into 14 "batches" so it isn't only the prime spaces that get filled, meaning developers will have to take on a good unit and a not-so-good unit.

"Minneapolis-St. Paul International is well known in the airport industry for its robust mix of food, retail and service amenities," Jeff Hamiel, CEO of the MAC, said in a press release. "As we modernize our concessions program, we want to build on those strengths and provide even more reasons for travelers to favor MSP over other transportation options."

The recommendations made by the MAC's review team will be presented to the Management and Operations Committee for consideration at a meeting on Aug. 3, before being put before the full board at its Aug. 17 meeting.

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