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November 29, 2018

Change is in The Air and on The Plate; HMSHost Unwraps New Restaurants in LaGuardia Airport Terminal B

Exclusive NY flavors part of all new travel experience in LaGuardia

NEW YORK (November 29, 2018) – Calling all NY-going explorers, tourists, and foodies – The time to take your journey into LaGuardia Airport is now with today's announcement of the December 1, 2018 opening of the first 11 gates located in the eastern concourse of the new state-of-the-art Terminal B in LaGuardia Airport. Menus by New York’s leading chefs and restaurateurs are a feature of the new area and global restaurateur HMSHost is opening Shake Shack, La Chula, and Osteria Fusco. These new dining options are part of a ten-year contract with LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the operator and developer of Terminal B.

“It is a joy to start the busy holiday travel season by providing an elevated dining experience for passengers in the new eastern concourse in Terminal B for the first time,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development, Anthony Alessi. “These local restaurant brands represent the best of New York and we thank LaGuardia Gateway Partners for this valuable opportunity.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with HMSHost to offer travelers an amazing selection of food and beverage options in the new Terminal B concourse that New Yorkers and all visitors will be proud of,” said Ed Baklor, Chief Commercial Officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners. “We listened to guest feedback, collaborated with our partners, and delivered a dining experience worthy of the greatest city in the world.”

The exclusive New York restaurants that HMSHost is featuring in Terminal B include:

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern-day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches and griddled flat-top dogs (no hormones or antibiotics – ever), fresh-made frozen custard, crispy crinkle-cut fries, craft beer, wine and more.

La Chula, an authentic Mexican taqueria from New York City chef Julian Medina, offers travelers traditional and freshly prepared tacos and margaritas in a trendy atmosphere. With popular locations in East Harlem and Grand Central, and now the airport, La Chula brings accessibility to five-star Mexican fare.

Osteria Fusco, led by highly regarded New York Chef Scott Conant, delivers elevated Italian cuisine, refined and inspired by Conant’s grandmother, who lived in Italy. Travelers can now enjoy house-made pastas and soulful dishes such as Pasta al Pomodoro, Rigatoni with Nonna’s Neopolitan meat ragu.

HMSHost operates restaurants in the New York metro area airports and travel centers, including operations at JFK International Airport, service plazas along the New York State Thruway, as well as Newark Liberty International Airport, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Expressway.

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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