Nov 13, 2023
Avolta’s HMSHost Brings New Taste of Memphis to Concourse B at Memphis International Airport — The Wise Omega Bodega
The New Bar Offers Wine, Spirits, and Ready-to-drink Canned Cocktails, and Gives Travelers a Taste of Memphis through Craft Beer
BETHESDA, Maryland (Nov. 13, 2023) – Global restaurateur HMSHost, part of Avolta AG (SIX: AVOL) and a world leader in creating dining for travel venues, announced today it has opened a new spot at Memphis International Airport (MEM) for travelers to get a taste of the city’s renowned craft beverage scene: The Wise Omega Bodega.
At the new bar, passengers can now enjoy Wiseacre Brewing Company beers for the first time at MEM. The new 17-seat location, which opened on Nov. 1 between gates 21 and 23, serves several of Memphis’ most popular craft beers on draft, including Ananda IPA, Air Bath Extra Pale Ale, and more.
Alongside local craft beers, ready-to-drink cocktails made with tequila or vodka, and local canned cold brew coffee, The Wise Omega Bodega has a full bar, serving wine along with a variety of spirits for travelers to enjoy neat, on the rocks, or in an expertly crafted cocktail. The Wise Omega Bodega’s convenient take-out counter provides travelers on the move with the option to grab a to-go beverage on the way to their gate, along with a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and snacks, like sandwich sliders, a chicken fajita salad, strawberry granola parfait, hummus, chips, and more.
“We are excited to add yet another popular local institution to our lineup of food and beverage options,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “We want our airport to reflect all that is great about Memphis, and The Wise Omega Bodega gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy another taste of Memphis.”
The Wise Omega Bodega is HMSHost’s third new dining venue to open at Memphis International Airport in 2023. Earlier this year, HMSHost opened outposts of Ramblin’ Joe’s Coffee and Chili’s Grill & Bar.
“At HMSHost, and as part of our newly expanded offering as Avolta, we want to make the traveler’s journey as rewarding as the destination, and The Wise Omega Bodega is certainly a unique place to enjoy a taste of Memphis, whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time local,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Tosin Kasali. “We value the continued partnership we have with Memphis International Airport that allows us to continue to bring fun, new dining venues to the terminal.”
HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the leader in travel dining with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard for Customer Service and Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. In recent years, USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards has awarded first place honors to HMSHost’s Three Kings Public House at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and its Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. ACI-NA, the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, recognized HMSHost with the 2020 Associate Inclusion Champion Award for leadership and achievement in the ongoing inclusion of business and workforce diversity, outreach, and advocacy. Additionally, ACI-NA awarded HMSHost the 2022 Excellence in Airport Concessions Award for the Best Employee Recognition Program. The company also creates original, award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, JBF@ORD Chef Series, and Eat Well. Travel Further.
About HMSHost and Avolta
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Avolta AG (SIX: AVOL), a leading global travel experience player. With the traveler at its strategic core, Avolta maximizes every moment of the traveler’s journey through its combination of travel retail and travel food & beverage, passion for innovation and excellent execution. Avolta's well-diversified business across geographical, channel and brand portfolio pillars operates in 75 countries and 1,200 locations, with 5,500 points of sale across three segments – duty-free, food & beverage and convenience – and various channels, including airports, motorways, cruises ferries, railway, border shops and downtown. An inherent element of Avolta's business strategy is found in ESG, aiming for sustainable and profitable growth of the company while fostering high standards of environmental stewardship and social equity – making meaningful impact in the local communities. The company's access to 2.3 billion passengers each year reinforces the power of it's more than 60,000 people, committed to surprising guests and delivering solid execution, supporting the company in creating value for all stakeholders.