January 9 2014  |  Airline & Terminal News

Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford International opens new restaurants

By Tanya Filippelli

Two new restaurants have opened at Gerald R. Ford International Airport and another has been refurbished in time to mark the airport’s 50th anniversary year.

The new restaurants will use regional ingredients in their recipes and source local products such as Michigan honey, Great Lakes Fuji apples, and Traverse City cherries.

The restaurants were opened in partnership with airport food-service company HMSHost and in conjunction with the airport’s 50th anniversary. 

“Today we celebrated the greatness of Michigan with the welcome of some fantastic, locally relevant restaurants,” said Bryan Loden, senior director of business development at HMSHost. “We are thrilled at how these restaurants look, as well as the amazing food and drinks that they serve. The airport has been a superb partner and we look forward to continuing to serve Michigan’s travelers for many years.”

Local restaurant Bell’s Brewhouse, opened in the airport’s pre-security Grand Hall Food Court and will serve craft beers with a modified version of Bell’s own Eccentric Café menu, including pork tacos and Zingerman’s soft pretzels.

Zingerman’s Bakehouse will provide baked goods for Bell’s Brewhouse and the restaurant will use locally-sourced produce such as cucumbers, blueberries, and strawberries.

New eatery Greens, will offer healthy and nutritious salads including a variety of vegetables, cheeses, and meats.

“I am very pleased with the additions and changes to Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s concessions,” said Brian Ryks, executive director at Kent County Department of Aeronautics. “We are proud to say that airport guests now have access to dining and retail options that capture the essence of West Michigan, and this incorporation of area businesses into our airport could not have been made possible without our committed partner, HMSHost.”

In addition to the two new openings, Gerald R. Ford International has refurbished a Starbucks coffee outlet.

Gerald R. Ford International opened at its current location in November 1963 and will be celebrating its 50th year of operation for the next twelve months until November 2014.


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