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February 21, 2018

HMSHost Wins New 12-Year Restaurant Contract at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

HMSHost to bring more local flavors and national favorites to PHX travelers

rendering of PHX food hall

A rendering of The PHX Food Hall by HMSHost expected to open in Terminal 3 South Concourse.

PHOENIX — Exciting new dining options are headed to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport over the next two years as part of the airport’s Terminal 3 Modernization Program. Global restaurateur HMSHost, in partnership with KIND Hospitality, Inc. and Emerging Domestic Market Ventures, LLC, was awarded a 12-year contract valued at approximately $264 million to bring an outstanding line-up of new food and beverage locations to the airport’s modernized Terminal 3. The Phoenix City Council approved the contract on February 21.  

“HMSHost is honored to be a part of the airport’s modernization, bringing Phoenix travelers a unique mix of on-trend local and national dining favorites,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas. “Along with our local restaurant partners, we thank Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the City of Phoenix for our continued partnership to enhance the airport experience with great food and drink options for many years to come.”

Phoenix area favorites Joyride Taco House and Postino will bring excitement to the new Terminal 3 South Concourse. Joyride Taco House brings its tasty tacos, delicious cocktails, fun vibe and dynamic presence to travelers. Postino adds its unique wines, colorful bruschetta boards, and its warm, edgy culture to the terminal. Each location will offer relaxing full-service dining and bar areas, as well as separate quick-service to-go counters for travelers to easily grab and enjoy meals on the fly.  

HMSHost will also debut the PHX Food Hall in the Terminal 3 South Concourse. This new open and inviting space will include Panera Bread, local food truck favorite Mustache Pretzels, as well as Shake Shack’s critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand.

Greeting travelers in the new Terminal 3, expected to open in late 2018, is The Parlor pizzeria, a local restaurant voted #1 by Arizonans for their artisan pizza and handmade pastas. Joining The Parlor is a new Starbucks® store that not only offers travelers their favorite coffee, but is designed with inspiration from the Phoenix skyline and surrounding mountains.

HMSHost will also operate two additional new Starbucks® store locations – one in the Terminal 3 North Concourse and the other in the South Concourse. The new food and beverage locations are expected to begin to open later this year and into early 2020, aligning with the airport’s modernization project. Additional restaurant details will be available in the coming months.

HMSHost has operated restaurants at Phoenix Sky Harbor for many years, delivering innovative and popular local dining options to travelers such as Barrio Café, Chelsea’s Kitchen, and Cowboy Ciao, among others. A list of existing HMSHost-operated locations at Phoenix Sky Harbor is available on the HMSHost location finder map.

Postino and Joyride rendering

A rendering of the Joyride Taco House and Postino locations.

The Parlor rendering

A rendering of The Parlor location.

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. We can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at @HMSHost.         

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