February 8, 2018
La Familia Brings Must-Try Tacos, Tequila to Airports
HMSHost offers elevated Latin cuisine for travelers with exclusive new restaurant brand
BETHESDA, MD — Today’s restaurant-goers continue to drive Latin cuisine and high-end tequila as huge dining trends across North America and many parts of the world. Now, global restaurateur HMSHost is serving this demand in airports with the introduction of La Familia, a vibrant cocktail bar and restaurant where travelers can sample delicious flavors from across Latin America, enjoy contemporary craft cocktails, and treat themselves to an impressive assortment of select tequilas. La Familia has opened in Los Angeles International Airport in Terminal 3 and in Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Terminal 1, with additional locations in the works.
“Latin America is a wonderfully diverse region with a varied and rich culinary landscape. We created La Familia to give travelers a true taste of this diversity with a variety of flavors and on-trend regional specialties, coupled with an expansive menu of select tequilas and an edgy, art-forward design. The sights, sounds, and aromas of La Familia create a truly unique dining experience and we look forward to delighting our guests - and their senses - with this latest creation.” said HMSHost Executive Vice President of Restaurant Development Stephanie Havard.
La Familia means “the family” and as the name suggests, the restaurant invites guests in to eat in a lively environment as part of the family. La Familia’s food represents the love and labor found in the bold and complex flavors of Latin cooking. La Familia’s authentic street taco menu offers staples such as Baja Beer Battered Fish and Fire Roasted Chicken, and more contemporary tacos such as Pork Belly, and Roasted Portabello. Beyond tacos, vibrant tastes shine through in dishes like Arepas De Carne Asada, Pork Belly Tamal, and Arroz Con Pollo; and menu creations like the Tostones Bravos made with golden brown plantains, pork carnitas, jicama, and avocado-jalapeno crema round out the meal. For early morning flyers, breakfast is also served—try the Breakfast Torta on a telera roll with scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, guacamole, queso blanco, chipotle aioli, and tater tots.
Enthusiasts know that quality tequila is meant to be sipped and appreciated rather than just mixed or shot. To complement the menu’s intriguing Latin flavors, La Familia features a vast selection of over 80 tequilas – blanco, reposado, anejo, and extra anejo varieties are all available at a range of price points. A collection of mezcal, original cocktails, and beers are available too, and any of the beers can be upgraded to a homemade Michelada cocktail. Travelers looking to enjoy an upscale adult beverage such as Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia or Maestro Dobel Diamante need not look further than La Familia.
La Familia creates an ambience that is dynamic and fun, with design elements that pay tribute to the blue agave plant—with bright blue hues and geometric applications of the shape of the piña – the heart of the plant that is used to produce superior tequilas. Mexican Day of the Dead artwork spills off the menu and is incorporated into murals and other elements of each location.
La Familia is the latest exclusive restaurant concept developed by HMSHost. Other award-winning concepts by HMSHost include Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi in Chicago O’Hare, Book & Bourbon in Louisville, 1897 Market in Charlotte, Pork & Pickle, Beaudevin, and Umaizushi, among others.
La Familia, Los Angeles International Airport
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.
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.