Concessionaire OTG Management has unveiled its plans for a world-class culinary concept for Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport in New York.
In September 2014, United Airlines announced that it had selected OTG to transform the shopping and dining experience in Terminal C as part of a US$130m deal. The food and beverage operator has now unveiled its plans to assemble the largest collection of chef-driven restaurants in the US.
Kate Gebo, United’s vice president of corporate real estate, said, “United is committed to providing a flyer-friendly experience for our customers on the ground as well as in the air. At our Newark hub, we’re creating new dining and retail options to provide an exceptional customer experience that incorporates the amenities and convenience that our customers tell us they want when they travel.”
Passengers will be able to choose from 55 new dining experiences, including four restaurants created by Michelin-starred chefs. Concepts will include Saison, a classic French bistro by Alain Ducasse; Vesper Tavern, a gastropub-style tavern by Paul Liebrandt; Riviera, offering French country fare by Alex Guarnaschelli; an Italian stakehouse by Mario Carbone; and Josh Capon’s SRF Bar, featuring a surf and sushi menu.
Rick Blatstein, CEO for OTG, said, “The United experience at Newark Liberty will be a world-class setting that combines beautiful spaces with cutting edge technology and some of the finest dining options anywhere. We view travel as a lifestyle, and our mission is to treat the airport itself as a destination, and more than just a place travelers pass through on their way to somewhere else. We are so pleased to work with United and our culinary and design partners to make this vision a reality.”
In addition to the new restaurants, nearly 60 gate areas will be updated with custom seating and tables creating a lounge style design. Travelers will be able to use iPads throughout the gate areas to track their flights in real time and order food, beverages and other products via a visual menu available in 20 different languages. Orders are then delivered to customers’ seats within 15 minutes.
Deb Gramiccioni, deputy executive for the Port Authority, said, “OTG Management and United Airlines have combined to help usher in a new era of restaurant concepts for Newark Liberty International Airport that almost will make passengers sorry they have to leave the terminal to catch their planes. This effort dovetails perfectly with the Port Authority’s ongoing efforts to modernize Newark Liberty and its other major airports, so they will truly be world-class gateways to New Jersey, New York City and the nation.”
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