July 13 2017  |  Airline & Terminal News

Partners open new dining outlet at ORF

By Rick Lundstrom

Cutting the ribbon from left to right: Bob Boorom, HMSHost Vice President of Operations; Blythe Ann Scott, Chairman, Norfolk Airport Authority Board of Commissioners; and Keith Haywood, FDY Inc.

A new dining experience greets travelers at Norfolk International Airport in the form of  The Local @ ORF featuring a locally inspired menu full of bold, region-centric flavors.

Located in the pre-security main lobby, HMSHost, along with joint venture partner FDY Inc., and the Norfolk Airport Authority celebrated the opening of an exclusive HMSHost restaurant concept.

Travelers can dine on regionally-inspired favorites from starters such as The Local’s signature Dirty Chips topped with pulled pork and green onion aioli to salads like the Chesapeake Cobb which features baby greens, pan seared crab cake, feta, red onion, tomato, avocado mash, smoked bacon, and herb vinaigrette. Entree selections include a variety of offerings from burgers to flatbread pizza and sandwiches like the Shrimp Po’ Boy to pub plates such as the Fish and Chips. Early morning travelers can rise and shine with options including Shrimp & Grits and a Chesapeake Blue Crab Omelet.The Local @ ORF is located airside at Norfolk International Airport

“On behalf of the Norfolk Airport Authority, we are very pleased with the addition of The Local @ ORF to the Norfolk International Airport’s range of food and beverage options. This and other improvements by HMSHost signals their confidence in the strength of this Airport’s market, which has experienced twenty-four consecutive months of passenger growth. The Authority is pleased with its long-term partnership with HMSHost and FDY, Inc. in serving our customers,” said Robert Bowen, Norfolk Airport Authority executive director.

The Local @ ORF offers a full bar with a beverage gallery of domestic, imported and craft brews. Keeping with the local theme a number of regional wines and beers from local breweries such as O’Connor Brewing Co. and Coelacanth Brewing Company are featured. Along with the staple of beverage offerings, the menu will feature new seasonal drink offerings.

Travelers can relax in the spacious restaurant with an extensive bar area featuring large screen televisions and ample seating to relax before flight or while awaiting an arriving passenger. A separate dedicated dining room greets guests with light filled windows and wall art celebrating the restaurant’s emphasis on local farmers and suppliers.

The Local @ ORF is the latest dining option to open at Norfolk International Airport. Earlier this year, HMSHost opened Here's to the Heroesin the airport’s concourse A featuring a full-service bar with traditional bar food favorites, as well as healthy dining options for travelers. HMSHost created the restaurant to help honor all branches of the United States military and those serving. HMSHost will also open the market-style dining concept ORF|MKTlater this year.


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