March 7, 2007

HMSHost Expands Dining Options at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

BETHESDA, Md., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- HMSHost Corporation, a world leader in travel dining and shopping, opened four new restaurants at the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport (MSP) recently, giving travelers to the Twin Cities flavorful and exciting dining options. French Meadow Bakery & Cafe, Locanda D'Amico and Ike's, all local favorites in the community, as well as the national brand Rock Bottom Restaurant, opened in collaboration with the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).

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"We are pleased to bring these new and innovative concepts to travelers of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport," says Pat Banducci, Vice President of Business Development for HMSHost. "We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the Metropolitan Airports Commission's team of dedicated professionals working together to build a world-class concessions program. HMSHost shares their passion for excellence, and we look forward to continued success at the airport."

According to MAC Executive Director Jeff Hamiel, "Travelers want the same quality experiences at MSP that they find elsewhere in the Twin Cities area. With the help of HMSHost, travelers now have an opportunity to discover great restaurants with local flare that captures the essence of this vibrant area. We want them to know that they are in Minnesota and to be glad they are here."

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

This 4,300 square foot bakery and cafe is one of the most unique airport restaurants in the country. Located in the main terminal, it will include the first on-site bakery at MSP and will be the first to feature a menu of organic foods with wines and spirits. A smaller, quick service version of French Meadow Bakery & Cafe opened on Concourse F in early 2005.

HMSHost and Minneapolis entrepreneur Lynne Gordon have combined their efforts to create this one-of-a-kind eatery. An 80-foot wall of windows, spanning the width of the restaurant, was crafted to give travelers a peek into the bakery. Every day, French Meadow breads, scones, muffins, croissants and apple crisps will be baked fresh and served hot out of the oven.

The French Meadow decor is eco-friendly and impressive with tables and countertops made from recycled sorghum tables, and wall tiles and light fixtures imported from Italy. The view of the Minneapolis skyline is a rare treat for travelers. Customers can also sit at the full-service bar and order organic specialty drinks including a Zen and Pear Illusion Martini, a Hybrid Organic Bloody Mary and the Ultimate Mojito, as well as organic wines and beers.

Locanda D'Amico

Working with Twin Cities' restaurant entrepreneurs Larry and Richard D'Amico, HMSHost and MAC opened D'Amico's first airport location in 2000 in the Main Terminal, to public praise. In 2002, a second location on the E Concourse was opened. This new D'Amico's location, on the busy F Concourse, is the first D'Amico's full-service, sit down restaurant at the airport and a new brand for HMSHost. Travelers can expect the same excellent service and high-quality food that they would find in any of the local D'Amico restaurants. The restaurant offers a bright and lively atmosphere full of traditional Italian charm. The impressive menu features creative pasta dishes and main courses, hot sandwiches and paninis, specialty salads, frittatas and fresh breakfast options, as well as a selection of wines personally selected by the D'Amicos.


Ike's is a throwback to the supper club days of the 1940's, with its 25 foot manned meat carving station and a 50-seat antique mahogany bar, high- backed booths and dark rich wood features set among WWII memorabilia. The menu is high-end roadhouse fare, with pot roast, roasted chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, steak dinners, shrimp plates, enormous grilled sandwiches piled high with carved turkey, ham and pork, entree salads, comforting bowls of soups, shakes and New York style cheesecakes. For light eaters, Ike's serves a huge variety of small plates, to share among the table. The full service bar serves nostalgic cocktails like the Cosmopolitan and a 24-carat margarita, and serves an impressive selection of wines by the glass or bottle, and beer. With the Big Band sounds of the 40's, 50's and 60's, Ike's is a sophisticated and lively supper club.

Rock Bottom Restaurant

The December opening of Rock Bottom Restaurant is the first airport location for this national award-winning restaurant. Rock Bottom brews more beer than any other brewery -- more than 40,000 barrels each year -- and they have been repeatedly recognized for their attention to quality ingredients. Their dedicated brew masters select the finest hops and malted barley and use local filtered water in the making of their multiple brews. In addition to the rich, handcrafted beer (brewed offsite), the full-service restaurant will also offer a signature menu of familiar American fare. Hamburgers are made from scratch and served on freshly baked buns and sandwiches and breakfast items are also available. The decor is warm and inviting and features wood and brass accessories, gleaming brewing vessels and the inviting earth tones found in other Rock Bottom Restaurants across the country.

About HMSHost

HMSHost is world-renowned for creating customized shopping and dining spaces in travel venues. The innovative company operates in more than 100 airport locations around the globe, including 19 of the 20 busiest airports in North America. HMSHost has annual sales in excess of $2.0 billion and employs more than 26,000 associates worldwide.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Autogrill S.p.A, HMSHost and the Autogrill Group are recognized leaders in travel amenities. With sales exceeding $4.0 billion, Autogrill is present in 30 countries with over 4,500 points of sale in 979 locations (including 138 airports and 645 motorways) where 51,000 employees serve over 800 million customers every year.

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