We tried the new restaurants at Tampa International Airport, and we’re full

BDG Architects has played an active role in Tampa International Airport’s Concessions Redevelopment Program, bringing a mix of local and nationally branded food and beverage options to airport patrons. Next time you fly, keep an eye out for our projects throughout the airport:

Main Terminal – Chick-fil-A
Airside A – Auntie Anne’s & New York New York Pizza
Airside C – RumFish Grill – Tampa Airport & PDQ
Airside E – Four Green Fields Tampa, Panda Express, illy espressamente & World Duty Free Tampa
Airside F – The Cafe by Mise En Place & World Duty Free Tampa

Tampa Bay Times

When Tampa International Airport debuted in 1971, each terminal had a newsstand and a snack bar, called something kicky like Snack Bar. This was an era when people still dressed up to travel, when flight attendants were glamorous creatures in fashion-forward caps, when flights themselves served meals (okay, sometimes it was Salisbury steak) with real silverware.

It’s easy to be nostalgic as you put your shoes back on and retrieve your belt from the bin, but there’s also this: Restaurant offerings at airports have absolutely exploded around the country. And TIA went all in. In 2015, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board awarded 12 concessions contracts, a mix of 65 new shops, restaurants, kiosks and bars throughout the airport, many outposts of notable local brands. A dynamic and incisive effort to put Tampa Bay’s best foot forward with visitors, it also reflects a national trend, airports moving from a master concessioneer model (one company overseeing the whole shebang) to a multiple concessioneer model. Read more.