Press Releases

Jul 17, 2013

HMSHost and Chef Johnny Hernandez Open La Gloria at San Antonio International Airport

Mission City Icehouse, La Tapenade and Auntie Anne’s/Cinnabon also open

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Travelers at San Antonio International Airport can now share in the local buzz created around town by renowned Chef Johnny Hernandez, with the recent opening of his well-loved restaurant La Gloria. Global restaurateur HMSHost, in a joint venture with Chef Hernandez, has brought the highly sought-after street side culinary experience into the airport’s Terminal A.

La Gloria, created and owned by Chef Johnny Hernandez, brings the authentic taste of Mexican “street foods” right to the traveler. Hernandez’s adventurous culinary flavors create a menu that includes items such as taco al pastor, tlayudas, and cocteles de mariscos, among others, putting San Antonio on the map and offering travelers a taste of the best the city has to offer.

“La Gloria has been at the center of a culinary resurgence of chef-owned restaurants in San Antonio; our cuisine celebrates the flavors found only in the Interior Mexico,” said Chef Johnny Hernandez. “We are excited to share La Gloria with a whole new world of travelers.”

“Chef Johnny Hernandez’s La Gloria is a highlight of the San Antonio culinary scene, and we know visiting travelers at San Antonio International Airport will also revel in this local favorite,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Anthony Alessi. “La Gloria and the other restaurants HMSHost has recently opened at the airport will welcome travelers with a wide variety of exciting dining experiences from which to choose.”

Mission City Icehouse, featuring a menu also created by Chef Hernandez, celebrates the rich, vibrant history of San Antonio, with a bar featuring local brews and spirits, and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads—a perfect option for the traveler on the go who still wants a taste of the local culture.

In addition to these local favorites, HMSHost has opened its own La Tapenade Mediterranean Café, which offers customers hearty, healthy meals. Travelers can smell the freshly baked bread, while selecting among salads, sandwiches and pizzas, topped with ingredients such as fire-roasted vegetables, specialty meats and assorted cheeses. Auntie Anne’s/Cinnabon, operated by subtenant Novel Idea, LLC, a local, female business, owned by Lisa Fullerton, has also opened for the traveler seeking a fresh pretzel or sweet treat.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world's leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.