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May 2, 2019

HMSHost Plans Restaurant Enhancements at Albany International Airport

Albany travelers will enjoy a new restaurant and a refreshed mix of dining choices

ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany International Airport travelers will begin to see enhancements to its existing food and beverage offerings this year and into next. Global restaurateur HMSHost, along with its Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program partners, was awarded a contract valued at approximately $80 million to continue operating food and beverage options for Albany travelers through 2029.

As part of this contract, HMSHost’s existing locations will undergo renovations, including a newly themed craft beer restaurant and bar. Enhancements will begin this year, with all renovations expected to be complete by end of 2020.

“HMSHost is honored to continue our partnership with the Albany County Airport Authority to serve the capital region travelers with an assortment of dining offerings for their travel journey,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Amy Dunne. “With the new Hudson Valley Beer Union, we’ll be showcasing the region’s growing craft beer scene with some of the area’s best beer for locals and world visitors alike to enjoy.”

As part of the enhancements, HMSHost’s new Hudson Valley Beer Union will open for Concourse B travelers, featuring locally crafted beers and elevated pub menu favorites reflecting the region. Among the other revamps travelers can expect to arrive by end of 2020 include renovations and refreshed menus to the following:

  • The Local @ ALB in Concourse C
  • Silks Saratoga Bistro in the Main Terminal Food Court
  • Albany Adirondack Lodge in Concourse A       

In addition to the new enhancements, HMSHost will also open a new Burger King in the Food Court later this summer, in partnership with ACDBE program partner Carl Andrews, President/CEO of C&E Global Solutions LLC. 

“HMSHost has shown a commitment to elevate the passenger experience at Albany International Airport with the addition of new venues such as the Hudson Valley Beer Union along with new menus for existing locations such as Silks and The Local @ ALB. In addition, we look forward to the addition of Burger King which will further expand our travelers fast-food options,” said Rev. Kenneth Doyle, Chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority.

Furthermore, HMSHost will continue to operate the Starbucks® store in the Main Terminal Food Court, providing travelers their favorite coffee, beverages, and snacks. In addition to the above locations, HMSHost’s ACDBE program partner, Parvez Sharifipour, will continue operating the pre-security Dunkin' Donuts. A list of existing HMSHost-operated locations at Albany International Airport 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 Restaurateur with the Highest Regard Customer Service, as well as Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards gave first place honors to both of HMSHost’s Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which includes its award-winning food donation program, as well as plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant MonthChannel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, 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 80 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of more than $3.5 billion and employs approximately 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 €4.7 billion in 2018, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 60,000 people. It manages more than 4,000 stores in more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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