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June 14, 2018

HMSHost Recognized as North American Travel Dining Leader with Prestigious Airports Council International-North America Awards

HMSHost awarded First Place for Best New Full Service Food and Beverage Concept, Best Green Concession Practice or Concept

BETHESDA, MD — Global restaurateur HMSHost was honored with multiple awards at this week’s 2018 Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards that celebrates success and innovation in commercial programs at North American airports. HMSHost honors include:

  • Best New Food and Beverage Concept (Full-Service) – Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen at Louisville International Airport
  • Best Green Concession Practice or Concept – Bistrot at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Best New National Brand Concept, 2nd Place – Shake Shack at Los Angeles International Airport

“HMSHost is honored to be recognized as an industry leader by ACI-NA and congratulates each of our airport partners, Louisville International Airport, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport. HMSHost is proud to offer these award-winning restaurants to their travelers,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson. “These awards are a direct result of our dedicated associates, as well as our local restaurant and ACDBE partnerships across North America. Together, we bring travelers innovative dining experiences and exceptional guest service in ways that only HMSHost can deliver.”

The awards were announced at the 2018 Business of Airports Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference is the industry’s forum to help airports and stakeholders better understand the evolving airport business model.  

About Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen – Located in the pre-security Main Terminal at Louisville International Airport, Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen is a toast to Kentucky’s deep and rich bourbon heritage, showcasing the state’s renowned bourbon distilling heritage and products for visitors from all over the world. Guests can peruse a list of more than 85 world-class, homegrown bourbons including several rare labels. The menu offers upscale comfort dishes that are based on regional influences and big flavor. It’s southern cooking with a modern twist.

About Shake Shack – Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, griddled-crisp flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer, wine, and more. HMSHost brought Shake Shack, a brand with a cult-like following around the world, to Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 4. Through a development agreement, HMSHost will open additional Shake Shacks in the coming years including at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and Mineta San José International Airport.  

About Bistrot – Located in Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Bistrot is a European-influenced market/café featuring multiple local purveyors, making it the ideal place for lovers of exceptional food that represents the local region. Bistrot is reminiscent of a welcoming urban market showcasing multiple food stations, a bounty of street food fare, a live pasta station, and a world class café component that appeal to Montréal-Trudeau’s diverse, global travelers. The menu is a virtual gallery of local purveyors, from the cheese, to the fruit and vegetables used in the daily juice selections, fair-trade espresso, cappuccino, or lattes, and locally sourced, environmentally friendly grain for the fresh pasta, to local sourdough and the daily pastry selections. 

In addition to these award-winning concepts, over the years HMSHost has brought travelers distinct, chef-driven, and locally inspired dining options in airports across North America. Learn more about HMSHost’s innovative culinary offerings and chef partnerships at To find HMSHost food and beverage locations, visit 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 2018 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the eleventh consecutive year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Summer House Santa Monica at Chicago O’Hare International Airport as Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which include plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events like Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 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 at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 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 €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 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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