Local Chefs Star in Redo of Terminal B at PHL

This is how you do an announcement. Roll in the jet, roll out the red carpet. Nick Elmi at PHL.

Yesterday afternoon, American Airlines, Philadelphia International Airport and airport hospitality firm, OTG put on an impressive show to announce a $30 million overhaul of PHL’s Terminal B. That overhaul will include eateries from eight well known local chefs and restaurateurs.

The event took place at American Airlines huge hanger at the southern end of the airport. The chefs and restaurateurs, including Top Chef winners Nick Elmi and Kevin Sbraga descended the steps of a sparkling American Airlines plane to take their places along with PHL’s CEO Rochelle Cameron, Cedric Rockamore of American Airlines and OTG’s founder Rick Blatstein. After a highly-polished video about the transformation of Terminal B, samples of each restaurant’s food, plus wine and beer were brought out.

The project has been in the pipeline for a number of years old and several of the chefs involved admitted, that they thought their involvement was dead. When complete, the overhauled terminal will have eight new eateries and thousands of iPads from which to order food right to the gate.

The Restaurant Concepts for Terminal B

Look for temporary restaurants to roll out in the short-term while the overhaul of the terminal, which will also include 1,000 new power outlets and redesigned terminal seating will take the next 18 to 24 months.

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Walkthrough Market

Walkthrough Market

“Zama” Tanaka’s NooBar

Nick Elmi’s Baba Bar

Joe Cicala will be upgrading Cibo Bistro

The Tria team is creating a beer bar for the airport.

Erin O’Shea will show off her comfort food skills at Love Grille.

Nomad-style pizza at the Airport. Reason enough to arrive early or stay after your flight.

Order your steak with a tableside iPad at Kevin Sbraga’s Liberty Prime.

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