8/20/2012 09:51:00 AM

Jose Garces to Consult on New Philadelphia Airport Restaurant

An upgrade is coming to the lonely outpost at the end of the Philadelphia International Airport known as Terminal F, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition to better transportation (you won’t have to step into the rain to get on the shuttle bus back to the main concourse!), an expanded food court is planned, with a signature eatery created in consultation with Iron Chef Jose Garces. Described as "a swanky tavern," Local will feature iPads at every seat.

PHL’s main “Food & Shops” area (in the B/C Complex) has garnered awards and recognition in the airport community for its diversity of food and drink options, which include Vino Volo, a fancy sit-down wine bar, and Sky Asian Bistro, developed in concert with Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya). Schulson still consults there, and even makes dumplings for the bistro at Sampan. Setting up an airport restaurant isn't easy, and presents unique issues like security concerns and tight quarters. "It's hard because you don't have much space for storage, and it's even more challenging because you have to be open for all meal periods, including breakfast," Schulson tells us.

The new court in Terminal F will feature shops from Philly Pretzel Factory, Le Bus Bakery and La Colombe Coffee, plus a cheesesteak and burger concept As for the Garces spot, Rick Blatstein of OTG Management tells the Inky it will serve comfort food “with a Jose Garces twist.” In addition to the iPads - which can be used to surf the web as well as place orders - each table will have a dedicated 110V outlet and USB port. A 60-label beer list will lend local cred to the beverage program, which will also feature an extensive selection of wines. A scaled back version of Village Whiskey or JG Domestic? We’re almost looking forward to our next layover.

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