Concourse D expansion is cause for celebration

Filed in Concessions, News by on June 24, 2014

DSC_2654Hartsfield-Jackson and concessionaire Delaware North on Tuesday officially celebrated the recent make-over of Concourse D, complete with a roster of more than a dozen new shops, bars and restaurants.

Previously, Concourse D had arguably been the least appealing part of the airport for travelers because of its lack of amenities, said Concessions Director Paul Brown, who explained that, when the Airport built Concourse D decades ago, it was made narrower than the other concourses in order to save money. A two-year, $47 million expansion project completed last summer added 91,000 square feet of space, including a window-filled seating area at the midpoint, as well as a second set of escalators.

“At the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, customer service is one of our top priorities,” said Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Miguel Southwell. “Delaware North has been a terrific partner in implementing our joint vision of creating unique experiences for travelers and exceeding their expectations.”

The recently opened concepts include:

· The 40/40 Club bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

· Grindhouse Killer Burgers, a local favorite known for its cooked-to-order, freshly-ground hamburgers and veggie burgers

· Wolfgang Puck Fresh Express, featuring fresh ingredients for made-to-order sandwiches and salads

· Harvest & Grounds, a Euro-American bakery and café serving freshly baked pastries, espresso drinks, sandwiches, salads, gourmet bite-to-eat plates, and packaged snacks

· The Food Network Kitchen, offering hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and soups paired with local craft beers and wines

Still to come are Mustard Seed BBQ and the 40/40 Club upstairs, a 1,500-square-foot space that mirrors the design of the original New York City venue created by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and partner Juan Perez. And before you ask, the official answer to whether Jay and Bey are coming to the planned fall opening of the private member’s lounge is … maybe.

In the meantime, travelers will be able to enjoy the floor-to-ceiling views of the airport taxiways from the Concourse D food court and the expanded dining choices from such Delaware North concessions as Famous Famiglia, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Georgia Grown and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

“We are proud to offer travelers in Atlanta the highest quality and most exciting food options available,” said Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North Travel Hospitality Services. “With the latest additions to Concourse D, travelers can sample local favorites, successful national brands and new concepts.”

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