US. Two local food & beverage concessions, Home Run Inn and Harry Caray’s Shortstop, have been unveiled at Chicago Midway International Airport.
Home Run Inn, a pizzeria, is the 21st concession location to open as part of a three-year, US$75 million commercial expansion at the airport.
A family-owned business founded by Italian natives Mary and Vincent Grittani, Home Run Inn began as a small tavern on Chicago’s South Side. The inspiration for its name came when a baseball from the neighbourhood park smashed through one of the windows.
Today, the business operates nine Chicago locations and has been named one of “20 Great Spots to Taste Real Chicago Pizza: Tavern-Style Thin Crust” by Eater Chicago.
Meanwhile, Harry Caray’s Shortstop was named after the late, well-known baseball announcer for both the Chicago White Sox (1971-1981) and the Chicago Cubs (1982-1998). The first Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse opened back in 1987 in Chicago’s North River area. Owner Harry Carray’s Restaurant Group now runs seven restaurants, an offsite catering company and the Chicago Sports Museum.
The new menu at Harry Caray’s Shortstop in Chicago Midway includes a wide range of appetisers, entrées, desserts and snacks. There are also breakfast options and a full service bar.
Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee said: “I applaud the CDA Concessions and Midway Partnership teams for optimising space in the concourse to include two additional restaurants, specifically these iconic, local brands. We are committed to enhancing travellers’ experience at Midway International Airport, and this is just one element of our overall strategy.”
The concessions upgrade is part of the ongoing Midway Modernization Program, a near US$400 million investment, the largest improvement programme at the airport in nearly two decades. When complete, it is expected to have created more than 2,500 jobs.
Midway Partnership CEO Sammy Patel said: “Home Run Inn and Harry Caray’s Shortstop truly showcase Chicago’s vibrant culinary scene, and these additions are the latest development in our commitment to revolutionise the eating and shopping experience at Midway. Along with our partners at North American Concessions, SSP America, and the Chicago Department of Aviation, we are ready to welcome visitors and locals alike.”
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