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February 14, 2018

HMSHost Wins New 10-Year Restaurant Contract at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

New locally inspired dining and more will greet Sea-Tac travelers next year

rendering of the upcoming Skillet location at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

An HMSHost rendering of the upcoming Skillet location at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

SEATTLE — Exciting new local food and beverage options will welcome travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport next year. Global restaurateur HMSHost, in partnership with La Plaza International, LLC, was awarded a 10-year contract valued at approximately $236 million to bring five new dining options to Sea-Tac Airport that showcase Seattle’s iconic brands and local entrepreneurial chefs.

“HMSHost is thrilled to partner with Seattle small businesses to bring their local flavors into the airport and further bolster their presence to the thousands of world travelers that use Sea-Tac Airport on a daily basis,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas. “We are honored to continue our partnership with the Port of Seattle to enhance the traveler dining experience with an assortment of local dining options for many years to come.”

Seattle area favorite Sunset Fried Chicken will greet travelers in Concourse D. The female owned restaurant, led by Chef Monica Dimas, was born in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. With this new Sea-Tac Airport location, travelers will enjoy its Southern-inspired Northwest comfort cuisine. The same sandwiches that have made a name at Sunset Fried Chicken on Capitol Hill also grace the menu at Sea-Tac Airport, most notably The OG sandwich featuring fried chicken, dill pickles, tangy cabbage slaw, and mayonnaise on a toasted bun. Just like its Capital Hill location, this new airport location will also feature a rotation of seasonal handcrafted ginger beers from Rachel’s Ginger Beer for travelers to enjoy.    

HMSHost will also bring Skillet to Sea-Tac Airport travelers with two locations – one in Concourse C and the other in North Satellite. Hometown brand, Skillet has redefined and elevated street food from its original vintage Airstream food truck to its three brick and mortar restaurant locations throughout Seattle. Skillet brings iconic Pacific Northwest landscape and dynamic local flavors to a menu that is easily portable for travelers. Sea-Tac Airport travelers will enjoy Skillet’s renowned items including its cinnamon rolls, the award-winning kale Caesar salad, decadent mac and cheese, as well as various vegetarian offerings.

Seattle Beer Union in Concourse A will offer travelers a taste of the Pacific Northwest’s beer scene, as well as local spirits and wine. The location will feature multiple Seattle breweries on tap and an extensive wine list from the region’s renowned wineries. To complement its numerous beverage offerings, travelers can also feast on a menu crafted by acclaimed Seattle Chef Jason Stoneburner.

A new Starbucks® store location will also debut in the baggage claim next summer offering arriving Seattle travelers and all airport visitors their favorite coffee and snacks. 

The new food and beverage locations are expected to begin opening in 2019. A list of existing HMSHost-operated locations at Sea-Tac 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 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 HMSHost.com for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

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