In mid-May it was announced that upgrades to Midway Airport restaurants and concessions were underway, something travelers will appreciate. Although there aren’t currently any Rick Bayless or Publican franchises as found at O’Hare, Midway’s competitor, customers will enjoy a dining experience offering a feel that’s decidedly more “old-school Chicago,” according to news reports.
Eventually, Midway will enjoy twenty-something new food vendors according to the city’s aviation department. A few that have already opened include Cafe L’Appettito, Tabo Sushi, and Go-Go White Sox Grill along with a Dunkin’ Donuts Express. Not all of the food vendors are new; for instance airport bar Reilly’s Daughter opened a second location across the concourse, while Home Run Inn Pizza and Tabo Sushi have “mini” spots near airport gates as well as their primary locations on Concourse B.
Another addition to what was called a “major facelift” for Midway is Decolores Burrito Joint, and while four restaurants that were previously in business at Midway, including Pegasus and Nuts on Clark, will remain, others including Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli and Potbelly Sandwich will disappear. No doubt some customers and travelers will be happy with the upgrades, while others will miss old favorites.
Other newcomers to Midway, according to Ginger Evans, Chicago Department of Aviation Director, include Tap and Pour, Midway Market, JetBox sandwiches, and HVAC pub, among others. Unfortunately for some who love their burgers and ice cream, McDonald’s and Ben & Jerry’s are among several brands that have departed. Evans revealed that the concessions upgrade showcases local businesses and is the first upgrade to the airport in more than 15 years.
In the food industry, as in everything else, times change. Today, companies are focusing on the customer experience and their dining preferences, which have also changed over the decades. Many prefer healthier, more nutritious dining options while others continue to eat foods without giving a thought to calories, fat content, nutritional value, and other factors.
Hopefully the upgrades at Midway will be a hit with diners who will have access to a better wine selection and three restaurants offering sit-down dining.
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