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February 20, 2010

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New eateries in Terminal C of George Bush Intercontinental Airport are opening on a regular basis
Terminal C at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is experiencing dramatic growth in the number of food options available to passengers.

New restaurants opening in 2009 are bringing customers additional choices in everything from fine wines to European-style sandwiches, and 2010 is bringing in even more options.

“This is part of a program that was started two years ago,” says Mario Cediel, vice president of operations for JDDA-SSP. “Our commitment to the airport was to completely renovate every food court in Terminal C.”

Since that pledge was made, Terminal C has seen a string of new restaurants open their doors for the first time, including Panopolis, Le Grand Comptoir and the Real Food Company.

These establishments are now offering passengers fresh gourmet sandwiches, the taste of a Parisian bistro, and a one-of-a-kind dining experience featuring 11 different serving stations.

“We want to kick it up a notch,” says Cediel. “We want to bring in facilities that are exciting, beautiful and contemporary.”

And those criteria continue to guide the expansion program in Terminal C, as plans for 2010 begin to take shape.

Passengers in the north concourse of Terminal C are now enjoying the California-based food found at “zpizza,” while passengers in the south concourse are now able to find the popular “Einstein Bros Bagels.”

Both of these establishments began operations in 2010 and even more additions are on the way in Terminal C. By the end of February, passengers will see new signs for “Subway” sandwich shop, “Wendy’s” and “Popeyes,” in addition to the opening of the fresh Mexican grill “La Salsa.”

“Since last year we’ve opened up about a restaurant a month,” says David Roberts, area director of operations for SSP America. “The momentum has really picked up in both scope and size in what we’re doing.”

This momentum is even more impressive when you consider the fact that the concession program at George Bush Intercontinental Airport was already firmly entrenched as an industry leader.

This is why IAH is routinely chosen by companies as the site to launch their airport-based operations, and it’s why passengers should expect even more exciting news in the near future.

“We want to redefine what airport restaurants are all about,” Roberts says. “The consumers want more. They expect a higher quality of food and we’re committed to delivering that to them.”

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