USA. A Mediterranean taste of Pittsburgh’s past is promised in a new restaurant opening in the AirMall at Pittsburgh International Airport.
The 536sq ft Marathon Diner offers travellers ‘diner food with a Greek flair’ and is operated by Drew Janis. The restaurant is located in the airside terminal’s Center Core food court.
The menu includes all-day home-style breakfast and Mediterranean-infused diner fare ranging from burgers and gyros to sandwiches, salads and soups.
“Travellers will receive an authentic taste of Pittsburgh history at Marathon Diner,” said Pittsburgh International Airport Vice President of Media Relations Bob Kerlik. “We are excited about this new concept from Drew Janis, a long-time local restaurant operator at Pittsburgh International Airport.”
Drew Janis has operated dining concessions at Pittsburgh International Airport since it opened in 1992. The new Marathon Diner pays homage to Marathon Restaurant, an establishment owned by his grandfather and great-uncle in downtown Pittsburgh’s New Diamond Market building during the 1930s. Marathon Diner’s walls are adorned with historical images of the original restaurant and proprietors Papou Tom and Uncle Pete.
The airport outlet aims to celebrate Janis’ Greek heritage with featured items like the Marathon Gyro, Greek Burger, Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (made in-house from a traditional family recipe) and rice pudding.
Breakfast is served all day with items such as a ham and cheese omelette joining the ‘My Big Fat Greek Omelet’, which is made with feta cheese, onions and tzatziki sauce.
Marathon Diner sources meat, bread and produce from the same local purveyors that Janis has used during his 25 years at the airport.
The new diner is open from 4am to 8pm Sunday to Friday and from 4am to 7pm on Saturday.
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