Press Releases

Dec 13, 2013

HMSHost and San Antonio International Airport Celebrate a New Dining Experience for Travelers With The Opening of Several New Restaurants


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Global restaurateur HMSHost and San Antonio International Airport cut the ribbon yesterday in celebration of the recent openings of several new restaurants that are sure to enhance the traveler’s airport dining experience. Now travelers can share in the local buzz created around town by renowned San Antonio Chef Johnny Hernandez’s own culinary creations La Gloria and The Fruteria, and his innovative menu items at Mission City Icehouse, through a joint venture with HMSHost and Hernandez. HMSHost has also opened La Tapenade, along with national favorites Steak ‘n Shake, Famous Famiglia and Auntie Anne’s/Cinnabon.

“The new and innovative dining options at the airport reflect a good balance between national favorites and the cuisine that is unique to San Antonio,” Mayor Julián Castro said. “We are committed to creating a memorable experience for our visitors.”

With La Gloria, Chef Hernandez introduces travelers to the authentic taste of Mexican “street foods,” right in the airport. 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 are excited to see that visiting travelers at San Antonio International Airport are already reveling 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.”

The Fruteria, also created by Chef Johnny Hernandez, brings travelers fresh and healthy options with a tasty twist. Among the menu items are fresh fruit slices topped with lime juice and chili powder, yogurt and granola, as well as fruit cups, vegetable juices and a variety of smoothies. At night, The Fruteria transforms into a contemporary cocktail lounge featuring fresh fruit tequila cocktails.

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.

La Tapenade Mediterranean Café offers customers a plethora of healthy, yet delicious meals. Featuring freshly baked bread, fire-roasted vegetables, specialty meats and assorted cheeses to fill sandwiches and top pizzas and salads, La Tapenade is a great escape from a hectic travel day.

Steak ‘n Shake features the famous combination of premium burgers and delicious milkshakes that will make your mouth water. For over 75 years, Steak ‘n Shake has been satisfying customers around the country, and this is the first Steak ‘n Shake franchise to open in San Antonio.

Famous Famiglia now brings award-winning pizza brand to the airport. From chicken, spinach and breakfast strombolis, to chicken parmigiana and its famous pizzas, Famous Famiglia will provide travelers with good Italian favorites on the go.

Perfectly suited for airport travelers looking for a quick and delicious snack, Auntie Anne’s/Cinnabon provides a variety of freshly baked pretzels, and those melt-in-your mouth cinnamon rolls sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

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.