May 28, 2019
Leo's Xpress Food Truck Rolls Into Los Angeles International Airport
HMSHost adds famed LA taco food truck to LAX’s Terminal 4 with an all-day breakfast
LOS ANGELES – Traveling foodies take note! Taco mania has rolled into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the opening of Leo’s Xpress. Formally associated with Los Angeles' famed Leo's Tacos Truck, this is the latest local food concept to be part of LAX’s rotating food truck by global restaurateur HMSHost and its Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise partner Havana House.
Located in the LAX Terminal 4 food hall, Leo’s Xpress brings travelers the coveted tacos that have filled the Instagram feeds of in-the-know foodies who have come to savor and find out its food trucks around the Los Angeles area for years. Now under new creative direction, Leo’s Xpress entirely its own brand, seeks to make a name for itself through quality ingredients and bold flavor, promoting all the influential elements of Los Angeles that have shaped the company brand.
"At LAX, we are committed to showcasing the flavors, businesses and cultures of Los Angeles, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than putting an incredibly popular local taco truck in one of our terminals,” said Jeffrey Utterback, Deputy Executive Director of Commercial Development, LAWA. “Part of creating a world-class airport experience is providing exceptional choices in food and dining, and Leo’s Xpress taco truck brings the best of Los Angeles to our guests and employees, while also providing an opportunity for a new local concessionaire to do business at LAX.”
At LAX, Leo’s Xpress offers travelers an authentic taste of Mexican street food. At the center of the menu are customers favorite, Al Pastor tacos – named among the best in LA – Leo’s serves a variety of freshly made tacos, quesadillas, burritos, alambres, and tortas! All well fresh, seasoned juicy and ready for consumption. Each can be accompanied with a selection of toppings from the salsa bar which serves a bright variety of red, green and orange salsas, as well as traditional Mexican condiments.
All items are served with a side of Mexican Rice and Pinto Beans or a Garden Salad with cilantro vinaigrette. Each meal is prepared fast and packaged perfectly for travelers to enjoy in the seating area, at their boarding gate, or on the plane. Early morning to late-night travelers can also savor Leo’s all-day breakfast menu of Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Tacos, and Breakfast Burritos.
“Tacos are a traveler favorite and now we’re excited to bring a truly authentic LA taqueria experience to LAX world travelers as part of our rotating food truck,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Amy Dunne. “HMSHost is thrilled to partner with Leo's Xpress and Los Angeles World Airports to add even more unique local flavors to the airport with this wildly popular food truck.”
Leo's Xpress is the latest concept to take the wheel at HMSHost’s stationary food truck in the center of the Terminal 4 food hall. With its rotating food truck, HMSHost showcases a rotation of the diverse popular L.A. culinary offerings through a creative food truck experience that is tailored for the uniqueness of the airport environment.
“It’s all in the flavor, really. Everything has been tested and measured for success. We love street food and we love Los Angeles and that’s just it. Our recipes are a product of our environment,” said Leo’s Xpress President Willie Rodriguez.
Leo's Xpress at LAX originated from Leo's Tacos Truck which has been serving its fresh and affordable tacos since 2010. It started in West Los Angeles and expanded to four truck locations from Koreatown and Echo Park to the Valley. While Leo’s developed a loyal local following, it’s received national recognition appearing on various best of food truck lists in top publications including Fodor’s Travel and PEOPLE.
HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard Customer Service, as well as Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards gave first place honors to both of HMSHost’s Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which includes its award-winning food donation program, as well as plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, 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 at more than 80 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of more than $3.5 billion and employs approximately 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 €4.7 billion in 2018, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 60,000 people. It manages more than 4,000 stores in more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit HMSHost.com for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.