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May 15, 2013

Restaurateur HMSHost Debuts Umaizushi at Honolulu International Airport

New sushi restaurant the latest in HMSHost’s portfolio of exclusive brands

Bethesda, MD — “Umai,” meaning “tastes good” joins with “zushi,” as is done in Japan when a prefix is added to “sushi,” to define exactly what travelers at Honolulu International Airport can now expect to find—a restaurant that speaks a new language of delicious. Umaizushi Bistro Bar, HMSHost’s latest restaurant in its portfolio of brands, opened today in the airport’s main terminal.

“We are very excited to partner with HMSHost to bring Umaizushi to our travelers,” said Ford Fuchigami, Deputy Director of Airports (DOTA) State of Hawaii Department of Transportation. “With its flavorful menu and elegant atmosphere, this restaurant provides a taste of the islands for our guests at Hawaii’s busiest airport.”

Umaizushi fuses classic Japanese cuisine with a striking contemporary ambiance created with bold strokes of black and white, along with orange hues, engaging all the senses. Skilled sushi artisans prepare culinary delights right in front of guests, from a menu designed to appeal to a diverse crowd of domestic and international travelers seeking an authentic dining experience.

Umaizushi’s menu features sushi lovers’ favorites as well as some more unique items such as the Hawaiian Roll, made with soy paper, fresh tuna, yellowtail, salmon, mango and avocado; and the Black Dragon Roll, made with shrimp tempura and cream cheese with unagi (eel), tobiko (flying fish roe), and unagi sauce. The menu also includes Japanese soups, salads, curries and Pan Asian noodle bowls.

“Honolulu International Airport is the perfect location to debut our latest restaurant, Umaizushi,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Anthony Alessi. “Travelers from all over the world who are arriving to and departing from Honolulu can now experience authentic sushi so fresh and flavorful it could rival even the greatest tastes of Japan.”

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.