Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House and the Newfoundland Chocolate Co. are the first two of 13 food and beverage and retail outlets that are part of the new and expanded concessions program at St. John’s International Airport.
“We are delighted to have both of these strong brands represented at our airport, providing passengers with tastes of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Marie Manning, director of marketing and business development, stated Thursday in a news release. “Both brands are well known for their quality offerings and will facilitate a sense of place at our airport.”
Yellowbelly, one of the city’s premier gastro-pubs, will operate the first and only full-service restaurant in the departures lounge, offering up to 120 patrons a menu similar to that at its downtown location.
It also means travellers will be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage after security screening.
Meanwhile, the Newfoundland Chocolate Co. will operate both a café serving coffee and sandwiches, and a retail store offering its artisan chocolates.
Both will be located inside the first phase of the terminal building expansion, expected to open in the summer of 2018.
They won’t be alone. The airport says there will be three food and beverage outlets and three retail outlets.
A further five dining outlets and another five retail outlets will show up in the pre-board screening area when it is relocated to the first floor of the expanding building, when the existing screening area will be converted into additional outlets in the departures lounge.
“The expansion of the terminal building allows us to provide a greater selection and variety of concession offerings in a more comfortable waiting area,” Manning stated. “We expect that this will entice passengers to arrive early for their flight to enjoy a meal and shop for gifts at the airport prior to departure.”