Airport Food

Michael Symon, Ludacris to Open (Separate) Airport Restaurants

Come for the airplanes, stay for the fried chicken and
Come for the airplanes, stay for the fried chicken and “comfort food classics.” Photo: Melissa Hom

A week after Iron Chef Michael Symon posted a glum Facebook message about the failure of his Bar Symon in Cleveland, AIRMALL® USA today takes to the PR wire to announce they’ve partnered with Symon on the opening of Bar Symon at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The restaurant, which will open in the spring, will feature “creative twists on comfort food classics,” meaning things like a burger topped with a fried egg and pickled onion, or mac and cheese made with pulled pork, hot sauce, and green onions.

But that’s not the only news today in the world of airport dining. Looks like Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (who is closing his Atlanta restaurant Straits) has just inked a deal to open Chicken N Beer (named after his 2003 record, natch) inside the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “As I continue to learn and evolve as a businessman,” wrote the rapper/actor/mogul in a statement announcing the new venture, “I am extremely excited to put my restaurateur footprint into a new venture inside the busiest international airport in the United States.”

But will these new airport restaurants, and their inevitable barbecue ribs, stick to travelers’ ribs? And are airports the next battleground for celebrity-owned restaurants? At this rate, by the time Thanksgiving 2012 rolls around, we’ll have to update our epic layover list.

Renowned Celebrity Chef Michael Symon to Bring Bold Flavors, Signature Dishes to AIRMALL® at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) with Opening of First Airport Restaurant [MarketWatch]
Ludacris to close Straits in Midtown, focus on airport restaurant [AJC]
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Michael Symon, Ludacris to Open (Separate) Airport Restaurants