Earlier this summer, we gave a rundown of the best bets for eating at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.
One of the things we noticed was a preponderance of options in Terminal 1's Airport Mall, Concourse E, and Concourse G, and the vast culinary wasteland that comprises Concourses A, B, and C.
That's all about to change.
At a Metropolitan Airports Commission meeting on Monday, the commissioners granted highly coveted restaurant space to a host of local and national food outlets. Some duds will be hitting the bricks to make room: Quiznos, Godfather's Pizza, A&W, Hometown Sports, Itasca, and O'Gara's Bar and Grill will all be vacating their spots in favor of more popular purveyors.
The new restaurants will occupy spaces in the Airport Mall, as well as in Concourses A, B, C, and F. Like we said, culinary wasteland no more.
The list includes:
PinKU Japanese Street Food
Blue Door Pub
Bottle Rocket (a Blue Plate Restaurant Group concept)
The Cook and the Ox (a new one from Jack Riebel of The Lexington and Butcher & the Boar)
Joe & The Juice
Buffalo Wild Wings
Caribou Coffee (not its first outlet in the airport, but replacing a Starbucks)
The push for better and more plentiful airport food options included the addition of a number of local eateries last year, including Angel Food Bakery, Smack Shack, Black Sheep Pizza, Salty Tart, Red Cow, and Holy Land. The newly awarded restaurants should be settled into the airport by the end of 2019.