New Concessions and Restaurants Make Memphis International Airport Great Place to Land

December 19, 2007

On December 15, Memphis International Airport unveiled its new restaurants and concessions. The renovations to the airport’s concessions cost approximately $25 million and took two years to complete. Four primary operators have long-term contracts to operate restaurants or concessions at Memphis International Airport: The Paradies Shops, Anton Airfood, DNC - Travel Hospitality Services and The Hudson Group.

The new concessions were designed to be Memphis-centric and feature local favorites such as Interstate BBQ, Back Yard Burgers, Lenny’s, Corky’s, Grisanti’s Bol a Pasta, Folk’s Folly, Huey’s, Sun Studio, The Memphis Zoo, the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum and Elvis Presley Enterprises. In addition to the well known Memphis names, the airport now boasts new major brands and Memphis-themed restaurants such as Varsity Grill, Blue Note Café, Einstein Bagels, Starbucks, Arby’s, CNBC News and Hudson News.

“For thousands of people each week, Memphis International Airport is their introduction to Memphis, or even their only experience with the city,” said Larry D. Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “We wanted that experience to give our guests a real flavor of Memphis. From the food they eat, to the stores they shop, to the artwork on the walls, our goal was to entice them to want more of the one-of-a-kind Memphis experience.”

Artwork by local artist Ephraim Urevbu can be seen along the connectors between terminals. The hometown theme is continued with murals throughout the terminals that depict a variety of recognizable Memphis scenes from music, art, tourism, history and industry. With all these renovations, one thing is clear; Memphis International Airport is set to soar head and shoulders above the rest.