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August 25, 2016

HMSHost Opens New P.F. Chang’s in Tampa International Airport

Farm-to-Wok fare sizzles in the terminal in Tampa; Grand opening celebrated with traditional Chinese flare

From left to right: Michael Price, Vice President of Business Development, HMSHost; Genaro Perez, Vice President of Global Marketing, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.; Derryl Benton, Executive Vice President of Business Development, HMSHost; Zydrunas Rackauskas, Director of Operations, Tinsley Family Concessions; Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport; Anthony “AJ” Summers, Director of Operations, Tinsley Family Concessions; George Tinsley Sr., CEO, Tinsley Family Concessions; John Tiliacos, Vice President of Operations, Tampa International Airport.

TAMPA — Known as the perfect blend of Asian and American cultures, and possessing a reputation for culinary quality, tradition, and innovation, P.F. Chang’s is an enticing mecca of dining for any venue. Global restaurateur HMSHost and P.F. Chang’s have partnered on this new location, giving travelers in Tampa International Airport’s Main Terminal the chance to enjoy the various Asian cuisines that are part of the signature P.F. Chang’s experience. HMSHost, P.F. Chang’s, and the airport celebrated the grand opening today in bold P.F. Chang’s fashion; with traditional dancing Chinese dragons, music, sushi samplings, and an official ribbon cutting.  

“It is a great joy to be celebrating the opening of P.F. Chang’s, an outstanding symbol of quality, at Tampa International Airport,” said HMSHost Executive Vice President of Business Development Derryl Benton. “The commitment to quality that P.F. Chang’s follows is part of why the brand is so widely loved and respected. Together with our partners at P.F. Chang’s and the airport we look forward to serving this famous fare to travelers.”

“We are thrilled to be part of Tampa International Airport's new restaurant offerings and to partner with HMSHost, a fantastic operator who we are confident will deliver P.F. Chang’s fresh, made to order cuisine paired with great drinks and superior service” said Genaro Perez, Vice President of Marketing for Global Brand Development ay P.F. Chang’s.

Dishes at P.F. Chang’s are influenced by their “Farm-to-Wok” food philosophy which is embodied by daily scratch cooking of purposeful recipes made with clean ingredients and holding the highest respect for the power of a fiery wok. Travelers can experience this philosophy by tasting famous items like Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Mongolian Beef, Cecilia’s Handmade Dumplings, Kung Pao Chicken among others.

Sushi, a recent menu feature added at P.F. Chang’s restaurants in the United States, is taking the Tampa International Airport experience to an elite level, being the only airport location to offer this menu section. Signature Handrolled Sushi Rolls include favorites like California, Spicy Tuna, Kaleidoscope, Aloha and P.F. Chang’s Roll among others.

“This new P.F. Chang’s is a stunning restaurant that really brings that ‘wow’ factor to our Main Terminal,” said Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. “We’re thrilled to have at our airport one of the most popular dining chains in the country, serving Asian dishes that are as artful as they are delicious.”

The P.F. Chang’s space in Tampa International Airport, located pre-security, is intended to welcome travelers with a relaxing setting that is familiar to regular P.F. Chang’s patrons, complete with the towering horse statue at the restaurant’s entrance. The design is contemporary, marked by a theme of openness that maximizes incoming natural light, along with cleanly finished stained wood planking, dark bartops and tabletops, and modern light fixtures.

Travelers without the luxury of time have the option to visit the grab-and-go area for a quick item such as a Chickn Banh Mi sandwich, Spicy Mango Chicken Wrap and Thai Peanut Noodle salad among others.

In the future, an outdoor patio seating and bar area will be added to give travelers the unlikely opportunity to enjoy some Florida sunshine and fresh air before boarding their airplane.

This location is HMSHost’s debut of the P.F. Chang’s brand; however, HMSHost and P.F. Chang’s Inc. have collaborated together in the past on several Pei Wei locations within the United States. 

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, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 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 around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost.

ABOUT P. F. CHANG'S

Founded in 1993 by Philip Chiang and Paul Fleming, P.F. Chang’s is the first multi-unit restaurant concept in the U.S. to honor and celebrate the 2,000-year-old tradition of wok cooking as the center of the guest experience. Since inception, P.F. Chang’s chefs have been hand-rolling dim sum, hand chopping and slicing all vegetables and meats, scratch cooking every sauce and wok-cooking every dish, every day in every restaurant. P.F. Chang’s new Farm to WokTM menu highlights its wholesome, scratch-cooking approach and introduces new dishes and drinks for lunch, happy hour and dinner. Today, P.F. Chang’s has 214 U.S. restaurants, including three airport locations, plus 68 international locations in 19 countries across the globe. For more P.F. Chang’s news, promotions and store openings, or to make reservations, visit www.pfchangs.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PFChangs and instagram P.F.Chang’s.

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