January 4, 2007

More Hawaiian Island Delights with HMSHost!

BETHESDA, MD – Paradise lovers and culinary enthusiasts will have much to savor now that HMSHost Corporation, a world leader in providing dining and shopping concessions to the travel industry, has extended its lease with the Honolulu International Airport through 2014. With this food and beverage extension, the airport will add another exciting dimension to its existing offerings, including full-service restaurants where travelers can relax and unwind, and casual on-the-go dining favorites for guests looking for good taste fast.
“I am extremely excited at the future prospects in the beautiful state of Hawaii,” said Elie W. Maalouf, President and CEO of HMSHost. “Working closely with the dedicated staff of Hawaii DOT, we will significantly elevate the tourist experience at Honolulu International.”
Along with internationally-recognized favorites, HMSHost will also implement tasty local brands for those who want to truly surf the flavors of Hawaii. A minimum of $8 million will be invested in the airport over the term of the lease.
“In concert with the State’s plans to modernize all of Hawaii’s airports, I am pleased to have the commitment of HMSHost to reinvigorate the food and beverage concessions here in Honolulu,” said Rodney Haraga, Director, Hawaii Department of Transportation.
These new plans will kick-off this month with the opening of the first Starbucks Coffee located pre-security. Airport guests needing a cool-me-down can chill out with several iced specialty coffee drinks or munch on a variety of snacks.
Passengers in Honolulu will be eager to dine at the following restaurants as they are phased-in over the next two to three years.
To be located with Quiznos Subs and Cold Stone Creamery at the Diamond Head Concourse:
Tequilería: Freshly-prepared Mexican food—from homemade salsas to crispy tacos—blend with this brand’s premium beverages. A lively atmosphere rounds out this authentic dining experience.

Island Brews: Featuring locally brewed microbrews from various islands, guests can quench their thirst by indulging in the sophisticated tastes of the exotic Hawaiian Islands in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
A Cold Stone Creamery will also be located at the Central Concourse, along with:
Dewar’s Clubhouse: Golf fanatics can get their fix anytime at Dewar’s Clubhouse, designed in partnership with the Dewar’s and Golf Digest brands. Live broadcasts and continuous highlights accompany a casual but lively clubhouse atmosphere. The full-service restaurant offers light and hearty meals and the full bar has specialty Dewar’s cocktails.

Lahaina Chicken Company: Diverse and delectable, Lahaina Chicken Company serves a wide variety of chicken, ribs, roast beef and pizza. Visitors can pick their favorite side dishes—from mashed potatoes and gravy to peas and carrots—to complete a sizable, juicy meal at a reasonable price.
A Starbucks Coffee will be located on the EWA Concourse, along with:
Wolfgang Puck Grab & Go: Internationally known chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck joined with HMSHost to create this exciting culinary option for travelers. From salads to sandwiches, signature soups to gourmet pizzas, delectable dishes can be prepared to order or guests can select from ready-made items.
Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery: Fun and friendly décor is the ideal ambiance for the exceptional, handcrafted beer and made-from-scratch, delicious food of Gordon Biersch. Seasonal menus and daily specials are served up in this superior social atmosphere that will revitalize travelers.
The Inter-Island terminal will also host an Island Brews concession.
The Garden View Food Court in the main terminal is known for its unique and picturesque area overlooking an open-air oriental garden and fish pond. It will feature a Cold Stone Creamery, Jamba Juice and Sbarro’s.
“We hope to satisfy every traveler with the diverse and delicious offerings we are bringing to Honolulu International Airport,” said Ron Gomes, Vice President of Business Development for HMSHost.