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New Names and Tastes are On the Way

Menus are changing at both Bush and Hobby Airports

August 1, 2011

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  Construction should get started in August on both Pappas Bar-B-Q and the Mango Taco Truck.
Changes are coming to the concessions program at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport as well as William P. Hobby Airport, as one eatery undergoes a major makeover while another popular franchise prepares to make its Hobby Airport debut.

The change at Bush Airport involves the conceptual re-design of an eatery called Los Platos, while Hobby Airport is getting ready to welcome in new arrival Pappas Barbeque.

“Tex-Mex and Barbeque are two staples in the Texas diet,” says Randy Goodman, concessions manager with the Houston Airport System. “So both of these eateries are going to help us enhance the Texas identity that we want to convey to customers as they pass through or visit Houston. It’s important to offer customers a sense of place.”

At Los Platos, located in Terminal C North at Bush Airport, the change covers everything from the eatery’s name to the look and feel of the dining area. The new name will be the Mango Taco Truck and the menu will feature authentic Latin dishes that mirror the items found in rural kitchens across Mexico.

The eatery aims to combine a casual atmosphere with an eclectic mix of colors to create an upbeat and festive scene, with the front counter itself mimicking the look of a window found on a roadside taco truck.

“The Mango Taco Truck is going to be a lot of fun for diners,” Goodman says. “Every aspect of the concept has a keen focus on comfort and fun, from the patio seating right down to the color scheme.”

At Hobby Airport, the Pappas restaurant franchise is once again ready to make a big splash in the airport setting. Pappas Bar-B-Q will join existing Pappas restaurants already in place at Hobby Airport: Pappadeux, Pappas Burger and Pappasitos.

The new restaurant is set to be located near the main entrance at Hobby Airport in a pre-security area that’s accessible to the general public. Construction on the new eatery is slated to begin prior to Labor Day 2011, with the grand opening coming in early November.

“There is no finish line when you’re in the airport concessions business,” Goodman says. “You’re constantly adding and making changes to the landscape to improve the overall experience.” 
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