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Defying the traditional, and generally accepted, perception of less-than-appealing airport dining options, The Food Network has opened its first Food Network Kitchen at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport demonstrating that dining on the go can be a positive experience.
According to The Huffington Post, the new Food Network Kitchen, which is located at the South Florida airport’s JetBlue concourse, opened on November 8 and it has done very well so far, averaging 1,500 customers a day”.
Sergei Kuharsky, general manager of Food Network’s new business enterprises, said, “The dynamic of food and travel has changed. You use to never go in and think about eating at an airport. We’re responding to that opportunity.”
Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services (DNCTHS) partnered with the Food Network to “provide chef-inspired meals at the airport” and Jean-Pierre Turgot, general manager of DNCTHS said, “Airport locations are very busy, but this one especially. It’s the highest revenue producer at the airport.”
The Food Network Kitchen offers made-to-order or readymade items such as sandwiches and salads, and customers can either enjoy their meal at the counter or take it to go. The made-to-order offerings include: Tropical Fruit Salad; Yogurt Parfait; Signature Egg Sandwich; Bagel & Lox; Lauderdale Club Sandwich; No Cubano; Pulled Chicken Sandwich; Citrus Cobb Salad; Baby Kale Salad; and for the kids, choices like PB&J; Grilled Cheese, and Grilled Chicken Quesadilla.
The “grab and go” offerings include items such as Ham & Cheese Sandwich; Goat Cheese, Watercress & Fennel Sandwich; Hummus & Crudite; and Edamame & Sea Salt.
There space features stainless steal surfaces, a butcher-block bar counter, subway tiling, and more.
There are plans to open additional locations in the spring at the JetBlue terminal, in addition to one scheduled to open at the end of 2013 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.