February 7 2013  |  Airline & Terminal News

First PGA themed restaurant to open at SAN

By Rick Lundstrom

HMSHost and the PGA TOUR announced this week that the first PGA TOUR Grill, a joint venture between the two companies, will be located at San Diego International Airport.

The restaurant is slated to open in December and will be located in Terminal 2 West. The decor will highlight San Diego region’s rich history with the PGA TOUR and the game of golf itself and will have a menu stressing healthy ingredients.

“We are very excited to be the site for the first PGA TOUR Grill location,” said Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, operator of San Diego International Airport. “We are looking forward to working with HMSHost and the PGA TOUR to create a restaurant that will showcase the area’s vibrant golf scene and bring travelers a great place to grab a healthy meal on their way through San Diego International Airport.”

San Diego is home to Torrey Pines, a world-renowned municipal golf course and annual host site of the PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open. San Diego has been a yearly stop on the PGA TOUR since 1952 as well as the Tournament of Champions being held in nearby Carlsbad for a number of years. Torrey Pines hosted the 2008 U.S. Open, one of golf’s four major championships.

“San Diego International Airport is a natural fit for the first PGA TOUR Grill location,” said Anthony Alessi, Vice President of Business Development at HMSHost. “With such a great history of the game and the PGA TOUR, we couldn’t think of a better location to open the first of many PGA TOUR Grill locations throughout the U.S.”

PGA TOUR Grill is a PGA TOUR-themed restaurant with a focus on tournaments, players and initiatives. Its design is a compelling blend of classic and modern, with technology at guests’ fingertips. Interactive iPads feature golf tips and menus highlighting information on the healthy content of the food and tasting and varietal information on the wines. High definition flat screens will feature live tournament action, highlights of the previous week’s PGA TOUR tournament, and programming on the Golf Channel.

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