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Detroit Metropolitan Airport announces new dining options for North Terminal travelers

Restaurants include Atwater Brewery, Anita’s Kitchen and Chick-fil-A

News Releases
Jul 23 2018

DETROIT (July 23, 2018) – Visitors to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) can look forward to new dining options in the North Terminal including Metro Detroit favorites and popular national and international brands. The Wayne County Airport Authority Board, which manages Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run airports, has awarded 10-year contracts to four concessionaires to operate 15 food and beverage concepts in the terminal. Construction will begin 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. “The concessionaires were selected after a rigorous evaluation process. All four have experience operating at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and exceeded our requirements for partnering with ACDBEs—Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. We’re confident they will deliver a world-class dining experience for our customers.”

The new line-up of dining options includes Jimmy Buffett’s airport restaurant, Air Margaritaville. It will be the first in the Midwest and only the second in the United States. Also featured are seven Metro Detroit-based restaurants representing communities from Detroit to Ann Arbor and from Ferndale to Dearborn.



DTW North Partners, LLC

Air Margaritaville & Detroit Street Café featuring Zingerman’s Coffee*

Atwater Brewery*

MOD Pizza


Anita’s Kitchen Lebanese Café*

Brioche Dorée

Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria*

Chick-fil-A/Pei Wei Asian Diner

Common Grace Coffee Company*

Jolly Pumpkin Taphouse*

Outback Steakhouse


McDonald’s USA


NAC-MAC Concessions, LLC

National Coney Island*

 * = Metro Detroit-based company

“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 occur in phases to ensure a variety of food options will be available at all times for customers. The first phase will begin with construction in the fall of 2018 and conclude with the opening of new concessions in the spring of 2019. The final phase is expected to wrap up by the spring of 2020. The Wayne County Airport Authority finished updating the retail portion of the North Terminal concessions program by opening the final new store in the fall of 2017. The new dining options are designed to complement the retail program, creating a fresh, exciting and welcoming environment in the terminal.

Erica Donerson
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority
Media Relations Manager
Wayne County Airport Authority