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Air Margaritaville is Coming to Detroit Metro Airport

Article originally posted by Edward Pevos on MLive Michigan. To read the full article click here.

You can enjoy a little taste of the Caribbean before actually headed to the Caribbean as Jimmy Buffett’s first Air Margaritaville restaurant in the Midwest is set to open at Detroit Metro Airport.

And that’s not the only new dining option planned for the airport’s North Terminal. Coming soon will be: Detroit Scene Cafe featuring Zingerman’s Coffee, Atwater Brewery, MOD Pizza, Anita’s Kitchen Lebanese Cafe, Brioche Doree, Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria, Chick fil-A, Pei Wei, Common Grace Coffee Company, Jolly Pumpkin and National Coney Island.

Construction begins this fall. “For the first time since the North Terminal opened in 2008, we’re completely refreshing our food and beverage program,” said Wayne County Airport Authority Interim CEO Chad Newton.

“Most of the North Terminal’s passengers are local residents or visitors to our area; they’re not connecting in Detroit to fly to other cities,” said Wayne County Airport Authority Concessions Director Greg Hatcher. “When they’re in our terminal, we believe passengers will enjoy seeing local brands they love and those that pique their interest.”

The nearly $21 million transformation will happen in phases. The first phase will begin with construction in the fall of 2018 and finish with the opening of new concessions in the spring of 2019. The final phase is expected to wrap up by the spring of 2020.

“Detroit is America’s comeback city with a hot and happening food scene thanks to its resurgence and local talent,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson. “We are honored that the Wayne County Airport Authority has selected HMSHost to enhance the airport experience for its tourists and business people by bringing the authentic energy and tastes of Detroit’s restaurants into this major Midwestern hub.”