While it’s likely small consolation to travelers flying in and out of Charleston this Christmas, the airport recently approved a plan to upgrade its eating-and-drinking options with eight new restaurants and kiosks, including locations of Charleston Beer Works, Desano Pizza Bakery and Caviar & Bananas.
Delaware North, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based hospitality management company, will also operate Harvest Grounds Bakery & Coffee, Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grille and Wendy’s.
Charleston International Airport spokeswoman Becky Beaman says all of the new outlets will be operating by the time the airport’s ongoing Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program is completed in 2015, although “you might see some of them coming online sooner than that.”
Delaware North this month posted a Craigslist ad seeking a general manager for the Charleston airport.
Beaman explains Delaware North puts together “teams” of local and national restaurants designed to appeal to a variety of travelers.
“They like to do national for people from off,” she says. “We know Caviar & Bananas is wonderful, but Joe Blow from Colorado might not.”
According to a Charleston International Airport release, individual contracts have not yet been signed, but “will run for 10 years beyond the date that the last retail/food service location is built and occupied.”
Long viewed as a culinary wasteland, the airport’s current restaurant roster consists of Great American Bagel, Café Fresca and the Samuel Evans Bar. There’s a Dunkin’ Donuts, Magnolias and Low Country Grill in the pre-security area of the terminal.
“We’re thrilled that we’re going to have some local participation,” Beaman says. “We can’t wait.”