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July 25, 2018

HMSHost Wins Restaurant Contract at LaGuardia Airport Terminal B

New Terminal B to host world-class New York brands

An HMSHost rendering of the upcoming La Chula at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B

NEW YORK — Global restaurateur HMSHost will soon enter LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B with the opening of Shake Shack, La Chula, and Osteria Fusco. LaGuardia Gateway Partners – the entity rebuilding and operating Terminal B at LaGuardia – awarded an eight-year contract to HMSHost. Located in the eastern concourse of the new Terminal B, the restaurants will debut later this year in conjunction with the opening of the first gates.

“HMSHost is extremely excited to be a part of creating an unprecedented culinary travel experience in LaGuardia Airport’s new state-of-the-art Terminal B. This is such an important travel hub to the nation, and we thank LaGuardia Gateway Partners for this valuable opportunity,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson. “HMSHost is committed to delivering this experience by partnering with the most highly-acclaimed New York restaurateurs.”

“Providing the best guest experience to the more than 15 million annual guests at LaGuardia Terminal B is at the core of our mission at LaGuardia Gateway Partners, and that starts with the food and beverages available in the new Terminal B,” said Ed Baklor, Chief Commercial Officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners. “Our new partnership with HMSHost will deliver first-class amenities worthy of the greatest city in the world, featuring exciting local concepts.”

A key part of HMSHost’s commitment to providing a unique dining experience in Terminal B entails partnering with exclusive New York restaurateurs that represent a diverse mix of food styles, each known for their distinctive culinary expertise and unfailing commitment to quality.

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. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world. 

New York City chef Julian Medina brings his authentic Mexican taqueria La Chula to Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport. La Chula offers traditional and freshly prepared tacos and margaritas in a trendy unique atmosphere for travelers on the go. With popular locations in East Harlem and Grand Central, La Chula will bring accessibility to five star Mexican fare.

Osteria Fusco will bring an elevated approach to Italian cuisine, right into the airport led by Chef Scott Conant, a highly regarded New York chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. Osteria Fusco’s cuisine is refined and inspired by Conant’s grandmother, who lived in Italy, with house-made pastas and soulful dishes such as Pasta al Pomodoro, Rigatoni with Nonna’s Neopolitan meat ragu, and Chicken “Osso Bucco” with gremolata & baby vegetables. Chef Conant has also made many notable TV appearances including Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay and Best Baker in America among others.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have these absolutely excellent restaurants from the New York community as partners in LaGuardia Terminal B, and it is an honor to have them on board as we embark on serving LaGuardia travelers an outstanding culinary experience,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Anthony Alessi. “We truly cannot wait to open these venues with LaGuardia Gateway Partners and its operating partner Vantage Airport Group to give travelers a memorable dining experience every time they are in the airport.”

HMSHost operates restaurants in New York’s JFK International Airport and in 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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