Press Releases

Mar 1, 2016

HMSHost Wins Restaurant Contract at Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)

Travelers in the heart of North Carolina soon to have a new dining experience

GREENSBORO, NC — An entirely new set of restaurants will soon be open for travelers to enjoy at Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO). Global restaurateur HMSHost was recently awarded a 10-year contract valued at more than $50 million to operate the airport’s six dining spaces. HMSHost will become the new operator of the existing restaurants and will transition them into new dining concepts beginning in April and through the end of 2016.

“HMSHost is proud to deliver travelers the best dining choices in the industry and we’re very excited to work with Piedmont Triad International Airport on enhancing the airport experience for their travelers with great food and drink,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas. “The restaurants coming to the airport will offer a balance of local flavor and national favorites for the many types of travelers that pass through GSO and we look forward to working closely with the airport for many years to come.”

The pre-security Main Terminal area will be home to PGA TOUR Grill and The Great American Bagel. Post-security, the North Concourse will feature The Local @ GSO and the first Starbucks for Piedmont Triad International Airport travelers, while the South Concourse will offer ACC American Café and a second Starbucks location.

PGA TOUR Grill is a restaurant HMSHost developed in partnership with the PGA TOUR, combining the beloved sport of golf with great food. “Eat Smarter, Play Harder” is the motto of the PGA TOUR Grill and the menu’s healthy choices promote an active lifestyle. The atmosphere is inspired by the PGA TOUR and highlights the rich history of golf, fitting considering the airport’s close proximity to the Wyndham Championship held in Greensboro and the Pinehurst Resort where so many tournaments are held. This will be HMSHost’s fourth PGA TOUR Grill airport restaurant location in the United States.

The Local @ GSO will be Piedmont Triad International Airport’s own unique rendition of this successful restaurant brand offered exclusively by HMSHost. The Local is all about taking homegrown ideas about food and culture and celebrating them in the airport to give travelers an authentic taste of the region upon arrival and departure. The Local takes the freshest ingredients from local farms, regionally significant recipes, and décor cues to ensure travelers feel they are a part of the city they’re visiting.

A new ACC American Café will soon pay homage to the strong collegiate sporting culture of the region, a natural fit given the airport’s situation in the center of North Carolina, the land of the Atlantic Coast Conference. ACC American Café gives travelers a place to cheer along with the fans in the stadium while they enjoy food created by HMSHost’s culinary experts that elevates the flavor and overall sports venue experience. This will be HMSHost’s second ACC American Café in North Carolina with another at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The Great American Bagel is an award-winning bagel bakery and deli concept that uses the finest ingredients in steam-baking its famous, big fresh bagels from scratch on a daily basis. The bagels are the foundation of a delicious array of fresh menu items, from hand-packed cream cheese to deli sandwiches.

Starbucks is the preferred choice for a passionately-brewed cup of whole bean coffee and a modern coffeehouse experience and will now be available for the first time to Piedmont Triad International Airport travelers.

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.