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Dec 6, 2012

HMSHost and Westfield Unveil New Restaurants to Open at Los Angeles International Airport

Opening nine new dining locations at Tom Bradley International Terminal

BETHESDA, MD —Global restaurateur HMSHost will open nine new restaurants in Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. These nine restaurants will bring the best culinary delights that Los Angeles has to offer right into the airport, welcoming travelers with local tastes along with well-known favorites.

“HMSHost’s culinary mix of local Los Angeles favorites, along with Starbucks’ latest innovation, will greet travelers with a true taste of Los Angeles, right here at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal,” said Dominic Lowe, Executive Vice President of Westfield, which was awarded the Terminal Commercial Manager Concessions contract to develop, lease and manage food and beverage, retail, specialty retail and other passenger services at Los Angeles International’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.

“Even in Los Angeles, where there is tremendous culinary talent, there are a few chefs and restaurants that stand out. This team of restaurants and chefs HMSHost has partnered with are certainly on that list,” said Joe Waller, Vice President of Business Development for HMSHost. “Tom Bradley International Terminal will not only be a landmark terminal for Los Angeles, it will be an exceptional destination for people who love great food.”

Top Chef Winner Michael Voltaggio uses modern techniques to evoke flavor, and flavor is what explodes out of his sandwiches at ink.sack. Uniquely Los Angeles, ink.sack puts a great restaurant—a fine dining experience—between two pieces of bread.

James Beard Award Winner Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, repeat winner of Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence, have joined HMSHost to bring Larder at Tavern to Los Angeles travelers. Beautiful displays of the freshest breads and wonderfully aromatic cheeses and meats greet guests, where they can enjoy fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, or take away an in-flight picnic box, perfect for the journey ahead.

Umami Burger isn’t just selling burgers, it is selling an experience. Another Los Angeles favorite, and recognized by GQ Magazine for “Burger of the Year,” Umami has become instantly legendary for marrying accessibility, creativity, and quality, bringing together familiar ingredients but in a way that’s totally new—a burger experience not to be missed.

Angelenos have been flocking to the sushi delights of Chaya for decades, yet it has remained as hot as ever. Now travelers can find it in their airport, and can trust its legendary commitment to only the freshest fish. Chaya is the perfect mix for a sushi restaurant of great quality, proven consistency, and Los Angeles flair.

Restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and TV personalities with “Top Chef Masters” and “Too Hot Tamales,” co-chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger present Border Grill. Here, travelers find the best of Los Angeles—great food, from talented celebrity chefs, in a style that the city is known for, namely authentic Mexican food—dishes that are delicious, authentic and captivating, amidst the whimsy and fun of the restaurant’s spicy hot ambiance.

The pizzas you’ll find at 800 Degrees are creating a sensation throughout Los Angeles. And now travelers can find them at the airport. While 800 Degrees makes pizza your way, quickly and cheaply, its ingredients such as broccolini, eggplant, La Quercia prosciutto, truffle cheese, and roasted chicken that’s rubbed with spices tell you this place isn’t messing around.

Beloved Los Angeles favorite, Vanilla Bake Shop presents travelers with out-of-this-world, award-winning cupcakes. The quality, the flavor and the absolute delight of its creations have routinely placed it on the “best of” lists of countless magazines and food shows. But travelers can find so much more than sweet treats, as Vanilla Bake Shop has a full menu of culinary delights for all times of day.

HMSHost will open one of the first Starbucks Evenings in the country at Tom Bradley International Airport. Now travelers will be able to grab a cup of their favorite coffee during the day and a relaxing glass of wine or beer in the evening. They’ll even be able to pair these beverages with an even wider selection of Starbucks’ popular culinary offerings, such as bacon-wrapped dates, flatbreads with artichoke and goat cheese, and truffle mac and cheese. HMSHost will also be opening a second, traditional Starbucks location in this terminal.

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.