Air travelers to and from Connecticut's flagship airport have recently gotten two new spaces in which to relax and refuel, and soon will have a third.
On top of the high-end Escape Lounge that debuted at Windsor Locks' Bradley International Airport in late October, Phillips Seafood has since opened a restaurant in one of Bradley's two gate concourses, Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority said Tuesday. The authority oversees all the state's airports.
In addition, a Stratford craft-beer maker, Two Roads Brewery, is partnering with Bradley's master concessionaire, McDonald's, to open a 30-seat tap room in the same concourse leading to gates for Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, officials said. McDonald's, too, has a food venue at Bradley.
Two Roads founder Brad Hittle confirmed that work on the approximately 1,200-square-foot tap room is underway, with opening set for April.
Two Roads' tap room will occupy space that was formerly the Locks Landing bar/restaurant, Dillon said. It will offer a limited bar-food menu. Two Roads' concession partner, Michell Bradley, is investing about $170,000 to open the tap room, Dillon said.
With at least four brewers in its Hartford area backyard -- Hartford's City Steam Brewery Cafe, Hog River Brewery and Hanging Hills Brewing Co.; Bloomfield's Thomas Hooker Brewery – why enlist a downstate brewer to fill the concession space?
"We felt [Two Roads] represents a local flavor here,'' Dillon told Deal Watch Today. "That's what we've been trying to bring to the airport, a good mix of national, regional and local.''
Bradley and its master concessionaire are exploring more retail-food offerings for its two existing concourses, Dillon said. He declined to identify them or a timetable for their debut.
"It's something we're constantly looking at,'' he said.
Based in Maryland, Phillips Foods, parent of Phillips Seafood Restaurants, is a mid-Atlantic regional brand with a nearly national reputation for its fresh seafood offerings, including its renowned crab cakes. Phillips also has restaurants in several airport concourses, mainly along the East Coast.
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