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March 3, 2020

New Dining Choices Set to Land at Bradley International Airport

HMSHost brings Latin fusion and Starbucks to New England travelers

Windsor Locks, CT (March 3, 2020) – Exciting new dining choices are on approach to Bradley International Airport (BDL). Starbucks and La Familia Tacos + Tequila, a Latin fusion restaurant and bar, are planned to open this summer. The upcoming openings are part of a new food and beverage contract awarded to global restaurateur HMSHost, and its Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise partner, James Phillips, IV. The 13-year agreement marks HMSHost’s return to BDL and its entry as the airport’s first new full-service restaurant and bar operator in over 15 years.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Connecticut Airport Authority to create exceptional new dining experiences for its travelers,” said HMSHost Director of Business Development Tosin Kasali. “Bradley International Airport is at an exciting time for growth and modernization and we’re enhancing the food and beverage choices right alongside with them. With La Familia and Starbucks, it’ll be a new delicious reason to arrive early for your flights.” 

“HMSHost is a global brand widely recognized as a leader in creating exceptional dining experiences at airports, and we are extremely pleased to welcome them to the Bradley International Airport family,” said Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “The anticipated opening of Starbucks and La Familia marks a major milestone for our passenger experience.  We look forward to our ongoing partnership with HMSHost and to these two exciting additions to our menu of dining options.”

La Familia Tacos + Tequila 
La Familia means “the family,” and as the name suggests, the restaurant invites guests to dine as part of the family. Located in Terminal A’s Concourse C, this 1,870 square foot full-service restaurant and bar, brings BDL travelers a true taste of the diverse Latin American culinary culture and regional specialties with a menu of street tacos, tortas, bowls and more. In addition to the Latin fusion cuisine, La Familia boasts an expansive world-class selection of more than 75 tequilas and mezcals that travelers can enjoy in signature cocktails.

La Familia’s unique eye-catching design details are unlike any other airport restaurant. It’s a spot of respite, with soothing blue design elements that pay tribute to the blue agave plant, from which superior tequila is made. In admiration of the bright and spirited Latin culture, vibrant Day of the Dead artwork spills off the menu and onto murals lining the walls. 

La Familia has become a traveler favorite in Los Angeles International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, landing it on “best of” lists from AFAR and Matador Network. This summer, BDL travelers will too enjoy the bright, modern surroundings, along with tequila infused cocktails that lift their spirits and kick off their travels before they even step foot on the plane.

Starbucks 
Located in the airport’s Terminal A Food Court, Starbucks® brings BDL travelers its signature coffee and beverages, baked goods, sandwiches, snacks, and more throughout the day. This will mark the first Starbucks location inside Bradley International Airport.

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 MonthChannel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, 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 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

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