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Jul 13, 2017

HMSHost Greets Hungry Travelers with The Local @ ORF at Norfolk International Airport

Restaurant celebrates the Hampton Roads region’s culinary and beverage scene

NORFOLK, VA — A new dining experience greets Norfolk travelers with The Local @ ORF featuring a locally-inspired menu full of bold, region-centric flavors at Norfolk International Airport. Conveniently located in the airport’s pre-security main lobby, global restaurateur HMSHost, along with joint venture partner FDY Inc., and the Norfolk Airport Authority celebrated the opening of this exclusive HMSHost restaurant concept.

“We’re thrilled to highlight for both local and tourist travelers some of the region’s outstanding culinary creations and local breweries that are a focal point of The Local @ ORF’s menu,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Bryan Loden. “We’re thankful to our joint venture partner FDY Inc. and the Norfolk Airport Authority for an outstanding partnership to enhance the airport dining options for Hampton Roads travelers.”

Travelers can dine on regionally-inspired favorites from starters such as The Local’s signature Dirty Chips topped with pulled pork and green onion aioli to salads like the Chesapeake Cobb which features baby greens, pan seared crab cake, feta, red onion, tomato, avocado mash, smoked bacon, and herb vinaigrette. Entree selections include a variety of offerings from burgers to flatbread pizza and sandwiches like the Shrimp Po Boy to hearty pub plates such as the Fish and Chips. Early morning travelers can rise and shine with options including Shrimp & Grits and a Chesapeake Blue Crab Omelet.

“On behalf of the Norfolk Airport Authority, we are very pleased with the addition of The Local @ ORF to the Norfolk International Airport’s range of food and beverage options. This and other improvements by HMSHost signals their confidence in the strength of this Airport’s market, which has experienced twenty-four consecutive months of passenger growth. The Authority is pleased with its long-term partnership with HMSHost and FDY, Inc. in serving our customers,” stated Robert Bowen, Norfolk Airport Authority executive director.

The Local @ ORF offers a full bar with a beverage gallery of domestic, imported and craft brews. Keeping with the local theme a number of regional wines and beers from local breweries such as O’Connor Brewing Co. and Coelacanth Brewing Company are featured. Along with the staple of beverage offerings, the menu will feature new seasonal drink offerings.

Travelers can relax in the spacious restaurant with an extensive bar area featuring large screen televisions and ample seating to relax before flight or while awaiting an arriving passenger. A separate dedicated dining room greets guests with light filled windows and wall art celebrating the restaurant’s emphasis on local farmers and suppliers.

The Local @ ORF is the latest dining option to open at Norfolk International Airport. Earlier this year, HMSHost opened Here's to the Heroes in the airport’s concourse A featuring a full-service bar with traditional bar food favorites, as well as healthy dining options for travelers. HMSHost created the restaurant to help honor all branches of the United States military and those serving. HMSHost will also open the market-style dining concept ORF|MKT later this year.

A full list of HMSHost operated locations at Norfolk International Airport is available on the HMSHost location finder map.

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.