Yesterday the the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board approved ten new food and retail concession packages which include close to fifty outlets. Both of the approved food service concession packages include locations of interest to craft beer fans that often find themselves waiting for flights at the San Diego airport.
(I won’t pretend that I fully understand the way restaurants operate at the airport, but it’s my understanding that a restaurant (or any business) partners with a concessionaire, High Flying Foods and Host being the two involved here, which then operates the retail location inside the airport.)
Stone Brewing Co. has partnered up with High Flying Foods for a restaurant location with a bar in Terminal 2. As with Stone World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido and the planed Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station expect good food and quality beer. This Union Tribune article suggests that High Flying Foods will be using some produce from Stone Farms in their airport restaurants, which presumably includes the Stone restaurant.
One of the other new eateries at the airport that will be of interest to craft beer lovers is Craft Brews on 30th St
a restaurant that will “promote the whole 30th Street experience in the airport” according to Jay Porter proprietor of 30th St restaurants The Linkery and El Take it Easy, and also one of the folks behind the future eatery at the airport. The focus will be to have great food and great craft beer while reminding visitors that 30th Street is one of the best stretches of road in the county for dining and craft beer. UPDATE: Jay Porter got in touch to let me know that the restaurant “Craft Brews on 30th St” that the Airport Authority approved is not the same restaurant that he was going to be involved with. The confusion was caused by similar names between the two proposed restaurants. If anyone knows anything more about Craft Brews on 30th St drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
When talking about eating or drinking at any airport, the cost is one of the first things that comes to mind, as it did in the comments on the Union Tribune article about the new restaurants. Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co. CEO left a follow up comment that should appease those worried about exhorbitant costs, “The airport requirements are that the prices be no more than 10% above the pricing you’d find outside of the airport (and stadiums and such were disallowed as comparables).” So expect prices to be slightly higher, but still within reason.
According to the press release put out by the airport, the new eateries will be located throughout all terminals at the airport, including the Terminal 2 expansion set to open in 2013. Some of the new dining and retail outlets are expected to open as soon as December 1st, 2012.
Stone’s Koch also commented on the UT article that they would be the first stop after security in Terminal 2. “You’ll be able to relax with a fresh local craft beer while you watch your fellow travelers get patdowns, fumble with their luggage & plastic baggies full of ridiculous amounts of lotions / cosmetics, and take ten steps before turning back around in momentary panic as they realize they didn’t grab their cellphone off the conveyor,” Koch commented.
Karl Strauss works with a concession partner at Lindbergh Field with locations in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. They don’t anticipate much changing with the new dining locations coming in.
Click here to read the full press release which includes all of the new dining and retail outlets approved by the Airport Authority.
This post was edited to remove an artist’s rendering provided by the airport of the Stone restaurant as well as text describing it because Stone said the image was inaccurate and to clarify details about “Craft Brews on 30th St”.