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May 4, 2017

HMSHost Opens ACC American Café at Piedmont Triad International Airport

Collegiate sports and top travel restaurateur connect in ACC hometown

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Celebrating the grand opening, from left to right: Mikel Walker, Sr. Director of Operations, HMSHost; Steve Showfety, Chairman, Piedmont Triad Airport Authority; John Swofford, Commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference; Bryan Loden, Vice President of Business Development, HMSHost.

GREENSBORO, NC  — The new ACC American Café by global restaurateur HMSHost, in partnership with OHM Concession Group, is now open at Piedmont Triad International Airport and showcasing the spirit of the Atlantic Coast Conference for travelers to this college sports hub. The grand opening was celebrated today by the ACC, the airport, and HMSHost. Travelers can find this new dining option in the airport’s South Concourse.

“HMSHost is very excited to open the ACC American Café with our partners OHM, ACC and Piedmont Triad International Airport. PTI is truly an ideal location to feature the ACC and the legendary college sports they represent,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Developmen

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t Bryan Loden. “We are also very happy to have our full new restaurant lineup in PTI now open. We could not have done it without the airport’s outstanding partnership.”

ACC American Café features a special menu of classic and new American dishes made with tastefully selected ingredients that make for an eating experience that’s a cut above the standard sports bar. Food is fuel for athletes as well as travelers at ACC American Café and every recipe was created by HMSHost with a focus on incorporating healthy ingredients for every menu item. Menu highlights like the chopped kale salad, blackened salmon, and Miami style ceviche are specifically heart healthy while the quinoa stuffed portabello, black & blue steak roasted flatbread, and the Carolina pulled pork sandwich are also available to sate hungry collegiate sports fans and food-loving travelers.

“The Piedmont Triad is proud to be the host for so many ACC events,” said Airport Authority Chairman Steve Showfety. “The airport is committed to putting our best foot forward for visitors to these events and for all of our passengers. The ACC American Café allows us to take our offerings up another notch.”

“We’re proud to extend our partnership with HMSHost in opening another ACC American Café at the Piedmont Triad International Airport,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This initiative directly benefits the league’s student-athletes through an annual contribution to the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship fund. The ACC was founded in Greensboro in 1953, and we appreciate the relationship between our league and this great city.”

HMSHost, as part of this collaboration, will also make an annual contribution to the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded annually to select student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements.

The opening of ACC American Café also marks a milestone for HMSHost. In less than a year, the dining choices at Piedmont Triad International Airport have been completely transformed as HMSHost has completed the conversion and opening of six new dining spaces, including PGA TOUR Grill, The Great American Bagel, The Local @ GSO, the airport’s first two Starbucks® stores, and ACC American Café.

In 2014 HMSHost partnered with the Atlantic Coast Conference on the first ACC American Café, located in Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

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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