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February 15, 2018

HMSHost Announces New Restaurants Planned for Charlotte Douglas International Airport

HMSHost brings local breweries, a variety of quick-service locations, and more

rendering of upcoming NoDa location in airport

An HMSHost rendering of the upcoming NoDa Brewing Company location in the new Concourse A Expansion. 

CHARLOTTE, NC — Global restaurateur HMSHost announced some of the new food and beverage options set to greet Charlotte Douglas International Airport travelers in the coming months. These new offerings are part of a previously awarded contract to HMSHost to continue to operate and expand food and beverage offerings at Charlotte Douglas International Airport through 2030.

“HMSHost is excited to debut on-trend, regional and national restaurants and bars for Charlotte Douglas travelers as part of our plans to enrich the airport with new and innovative concepts,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas. “Along with our restaurant partners, we thank Charlotte Douglas International Airport for working with us to continue evolving our award-winning dining program for travelers.” 

These new offerings include two local breweries that will open in mid-2018. NoDa Brewing Company will open its first airport location in Concourse A Expansion, part of Destination CLT, a $2.5 billion capital investment program. A homegrown Charlotte brewery, NoDa Brewing Company’s new full-service restaurant and bar will offer travelers all-day dining options to complement the variety of award-winning, handcrafted small-batch craft beers it is known for throughout the Charlotte area. Additionally, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will open a kiosk location in Concourse E. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is one of the Charlotte area’s oldest and largest local breweries and will serve travelers an assortment of its craft beers at this new airport location.    

Two additional Starbucks® store locations will also greet travelers once the airport’s new Concourse A Expansion opens. 

“We are thrilled our partnership with HMSHost continues to offer a wide variety of delicious food choices for the Airport’s more than 44 million yearly passengers,” said Haley Gentry, CLT’s deputy aviation director and chief business and innovation officer. “As we renovate and expand the terminal, the new restaurants will only add to the Airport’s world-class appeal.” 

Beginning in the spring, the Stella Artois® inspired Chalice Bar will welcome guests with a selection of beers in Concourse C. Additionally, quick-service submarine sandwich shop Jersey Mike’s will open by mid-2018 in the Atrium.  

Details about additional new HMSHost food and beverage locations coming to Charlotte Douglas will be announced later this year. At Charlotte Douglas, HMSHost offers its exclusive restaurant 1897 Market, recognized as 2016 Best New Food & Beverage Concept by both Airport Revenue News and Airports Council International-North America; and Dale Jr.’s Whisky River, recognized as Best Airport Bar by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. A list of existing HMSHost-operated locations at Charlotte Douglas is available on the HMSHost location finder map.

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2017 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the tenth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the eighth year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Dale Jr.’s Whisky River at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Sitdown Dining. HMSHost infuses innovation and culinary expertise into everything we do; with events such as the first-of-its-kind Airport Restaurant Month at more than 50 airports across North America, the award-winning Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and the Adrian Awards Gold winning campaigns, #HMSHostLove and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and 99 travel plazas in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $3.1 billion and employs more than 39,500 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of over €4.5 billion in 2016, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

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