USA. Restaurateurs HMSHost and Java Star have opened a Maggiano’s Little Italy at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport in partnership with restaurant owner Brinker International. It is the first of the Italian-American chain’s 52 branches to be located inside an airport. 

The Terminal C outlet will seat up to 225 guests. 

Cutting the ribbon for Maggiano’s Little Italy at DFW (left to right): HMSHost General Manager Peter Barth; HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Anthony Alessi; Maggiano’s Little Italy Chief Operating Officer Larry Konecny; HMSHost Executive Chef Gustavo Phinedo; Vice President of Concessions Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Zenola Campbell; Star Concessions Ltd. Vice President Mollie Standridge; Maggiano’s Little Italy President Kelly C. Baltes.

HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson said he was thrilled by the new opening: “[It] is a testament to the great relationship HMSHost shares with Brinker International, creating an inviting restaurant where family and friends can reconnect before a flight.”

HMSHost said the kitchen is unusually large for an airport location and will offer an “elevated casual dining experience” including family-style dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs. There is also a “grab-and-go” area offering sandwiches and pastas.

Maggiano’s specialises in ‘made-from-scratch’ Italian-American cuisine.

 Maggiano’s parent company, Brinker International, owns or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants in 32 countries and territories, serving more than 1 million customers per day. Almost 70 million passengers travel through DFW annually.

Maggiano’s Little Italy President Kelly C Bates commented: “A taste of amazing homemade food while travelling is something special. This is why we’re excited to partner with HMSHost to bring Maggiano’s made-from-scratch Italian-American dishes to all travelling through DFW Airport.”

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The company also organises the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards. This year’s FAB took place on 20-21 June in Helsinki. FAB 2019 will be held in Dallas, Texas, on 26-27 June.