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February 13, 2020

Bold New Restaurants Open in Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

HMSHost partners with Dale Earnhardt Jr and Rocco Mangel to expand airport dining

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla., (February 13, 2020) – Terminal 1 dining in Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) just keeps getting better. The airport along with global restaurateur HMSHost and its partner MasterConcessionAir recently opened Dale Jr’s Whisky River and Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar.

“HMSHost leads the industry in bringing the most dynamic restaurants into airport and Whisky River and Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar both embody the highest of standards, from the food to the overall experience, said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “We are proud to celebrate these openings with our partners and thank the Broward County Aviation Department for the opportunity to bring these unique offerings to South Florida.”

“These latest offerings demonstrate the commitment by HMSHost to bring first-class offerings to Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport”, said Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation. “These restaurants are the continuation of many more offerings yet to come from our concession partners to enhance the guest experience.”

“We’re thrilled to join the great hospitality scene in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, planting a Whisky River flag in Florida with our great partners at HMSHost,” said Earnhardt Jr.

“Our partnership with HMSHost in the Fort Lauderdale International Airport represents a milestone in our brand’s growth. This venture is and will continue to be a thrilling chapter in our story,” said Rocco Mangel.  

Dale Jr’s Whisky River

Located in Terminal 1 / B Concourse, Whisky River traces its roots to Earnhardt’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. This favorite for fun-seekers to hang-out and enjoy great food, music, and drinks is famous for a signature honky-tonk hangout vibe and a high-quality but casual menu; a perfect formula for an airport experience that can be as fun or as laid back as guests desire. Learn more about the award-winning Whisky River concept here.

Rocco’s Taco’s and Tequila Bar

Travelers in search of a true taste of Mexico can now find it in Terminal 1 / C Concourse. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar is known across Florida and beyond for combining a contagious atmosphere with authentic Mexican flavors created by renowned founder, Rocco Mangel. Rocco Taco’s and Tequila Bar’s legendary lively atmosphere and signature vibrant style has now come to life in a striking setting in the airport. Rocco’s menu features signature dishes and authentic street style tacos. The Molcajetes (MOKA-HET-TAY) that are served sizzling in a traditional lava rock are a signature of the brand. Rocco’s tequila menu also features over 70 tequilas from Mexico.

FLL is the first airport location for Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, while Whisky River now has three locations in airports. HMSHost operates several leading restaurants in FLL for travelers and airport employees to enjoy such as Air Margaritaville, BurgerFi, La Familia, Offerdahl’s Café, Red Stripe bar, Shula’s and more. HMSHost also recently opened Shake Shack and Flash Fire Pizza in FLL. Visit the HMSHost location finder to see all of HMSHost’s offerings in FLL.

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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