Exciting changes are coming to food and beverage concessions at Charleston International Airport.
Delaware North Companies, a 100-year-old family-owned business based in Buffalo, N.Y., takes over travel hospitality service May 24. Almost immediately passengers and visitors will see changes. Several new restaurants will open alongside the perennial favorites Dunkin Donuts and the Samuel Adams Bar. The new places are only temporary. When our construction is complete, another group of restaurants and bars will move into the airport to provide food and beverage service to our nearly 3 million passengers a year.
The folks at Delaware North are excited to be coming to Charleston and to the airport at a time when a major transformation is taking place.
“As a family-owned company that is nearly 100 years young, Charleston seemed a perfect match with its rich history, award-winning dining and world-renowned southern hospitality,” said Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North travel hospitality services. “We already feel a part of your great city and are excited to share with travelers some of Charleston’s best local brands.”
Over the next several months Delaware North will provide temporary food service while developing new concepts for when the airport and renovation is complete.
“Our goal during this time is to put together a winning combination of both local and national brands that will bring delicious variety to the airport,"" Kelly said.
What's happening now.
Bogchi Grill and Triple B’s: Bar B Que - Bourbon - Burgers will open in the Central Hall, replacing the Lowcountry Grill and Magnolia Restaurant. Dunkin Donuts will remain open.
Pronounced bo-chi, which means snack or fast food, the Bogchi Grill will offer quick service food such as hot sandwiches, soups and breakfast, while Bar B Que - Bourbon - Burgers will provide sit-down meal service from breakfast to dinner. The bar at the Triple B restaurant will offer 16 kinds of bourbon, including several made locally, to complement a full bar selection of beer, wine and liquor.
This food court, which overlooks the airfield, will change significantly. Fresh paint, murals and a new seating plan will brighten up the place. The new seating arrangement means “everybody has a window table"" in the restaurant, said Walt Pechulis Jr., Delaware North’s travel hospitality services director - operations support.
Caffe Siena will replace American Bagel but will offer similar fresh, made-to-order fare from breakfast items and hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soup, coffee and smoothies. The Samuel Adams Bar on Concourse A will remain open, but with a cosmetic refresh.
We’re adding five gates to Concourse B. Due to construction, food and beverage services will be limited to grab and go kiosks until the new addition opens to the public. The Samuel Adams bar will remain open, but alcohol will be limited to beer and wine only. This is only for a short time. Once temporary support space is built, Delaware North will be able to expand its beverage offerings to include hard liquor and hot food.
What’s coming next
When the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP) is complete in fall 2015, Delaware North will open its permanent lineup of restaurants and bars. These are:
- Caviar & Bananas, a multi-faceted market and quick-service restaurant with roots in downtown Charleston.
- Burger King
- Charleston Beer Works, a downtown Charleston-based brew pub and sports bar
- DeSano’s Pizza Bakery and Bar, a popular downtown Charleston establishment
- Bar Harvest & Grounds Bakery & Coffee featuring Charleston-based gourmet coffee roaster King Bean Coffee Roasters
- Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill
“We will invest millions over the next three years so that travelers flying into and out of Charleston International will have premier concession options that will include local flavors from favorite regional restaurants,” Kelly said. “When construction is complete, we expect travelers to look forward to making a stop at Charleston International.”
Delaware North is first and foremost a company that makes people a priority, Kelly said. Employees of the outgoing food service vendor were offered opportunities to transition to Delaware North. Kelly said 80 percent to 90 percent of SSP America employees will remain at the airport and work for DNC.
Airport Food/Beverage Concession Hours (Coincide with flights in and out of CHS and could change periodically)
Bogchi Express Grab and Go – 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Samuel Adams Bar – 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Caffe Siena – 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Samuel Adams Bar – 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts – 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bogchi Grill – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Triple B's: Bar-B-Que - Bourbon - Burgers – 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(alcohol service available starting at 10:30 a.m.)