USA. Three new food & beverage venues – Wow Bao, Embers Fire & Ice and Panini’s Bar & Grill – recently opened at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. They are joined by the refurbished Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant in Concourse B.
Wow Bao specialises in hot Asian steamed buns, rice and noodle bowls, and soups. Bao, a popular portable snack in Asia, is filled with sweet and savoury flavours. It has now begun trading from Concourse C at the airport.
Offerings at the new Embers Fire & Ice Martini and tapas bar in the Main Terminal include buffalo and beer chilli, coconut shrimp, and pretzel-coated cheese curds.
Cleveland-founded Panini’s Bar & Grill has opened a 2,540sq ft restaurant in Concourse A. It is known for its “overstuffed” sandwiches served on fresh Italian bread with hand-cut fries or signature slaw, tomato and melted provolone.
Finally, Quaker Steak & Lube has reopened in its original location with a new look and a revamped menu. The 1,811sq ft restaurant is known for starters such as chicken chipotle quesadilla and fried mozzarella, chicken wings with a choice of 18 sauces, salads, steak burgers and steak sandwiches.
Fraport Cleveland is the developer of the retail and food and beverage programme at Cleveland Hopkins International. Fraport Cleveland Vice President Tina LaForte said: “We are pleased to welcome our operators and offer travellers more exciting food and drink options at the airport. These new arrivals offer a little something for every taste.”
Meanwhile, Cleveland’s Inca Tea Café has been voted Best Airport Grab-and-Go Dining in USA Today‘s 2019 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Inca serves fresh brewed teas, sandwiches, salads, smoothies and a variety of organic and locally-made desserts in two locations at the airport, gates B4 and C10.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Director Robert Kennedy said: “The dining scene at the airport continues to evolve with new concepts as well as hometown favourites. Our goal is to give travellers a taste of Cleveland and our food culture with a variety of dishes that hit the spot.”
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