The Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport is expanding the roster of culinary options available in Lindbergh Terminal 1, adding more than two dozen restaurants that include local staples and national and international chains to the more than 15 new restaurants that have already been added in the last year and a half.
Some of the new additions that the 37 million annual travelers through MSP can expect are the Blue Door Pub, Hi-Lo Diner, People’s Organic, Tattersall Distilling, and a new concept called The Cook and The Ox from Jack Riebel, the chef and part-owner of the Lexington in St. Paul. Chain offerings will range from Chick-fil-A to Cinnabon as well as Zona Cocina, already at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, and a fresh-pressed juice company from Denmark called Joe & The Juice. A few Twin Cities-based chains will also be added: Buffalo Wild Wings, Caribou Coffee, and Leeann Chin.
The newest selections are the result of a recent meeting of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) during which almost 40 bidders sought the coveted slots in MSP, which takes in more than $200 million annually from concession sales. The successful bidders will sign a minimum 10 year lease and construction will begin post-Super Bowl in February and conclude in late 2019.
This round of additions and the larger food and beverage project in Terminal 1 is part of the biggest overhaul of concessions at the airport since 2004, with more than 50 shops and restaurants turning over.