HMSHost Gives Passengers a Taste of Los Angeles
Global restaurateur HMSHost, in partnership with Westfield, creator of iconic shopping destinations around the globe, is celebrating the debut of unparalleled new dining at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Travelers from around the world are now delighting in the terminal’s breathtaking design, world-class amenities, and premier retail and dining collections curated by Westfield. A hallmark of the new collection is the celebration of local restaurateurs by HMSHost and Westfield, with culinary delights ink.sack, Border Grill, CHAYA, Umami Burger, 800 Degrees, Vanilla Bake Shop and Starbucks Evenings now open in the terminal. Additional new and exciting dining – including Larder at Tavern and Starbucks – and shops will open progressively in the coming days and weeks.
Featuring the sprawling 150,000-square-foot Villaraigosa Pavilion, 360-degree views, inviting storefronts and sustainable elements, the new TBIT dining and retail design by Westfield provides travelers with unique districts to explore as they journey to their destination. When complete, the dining collection features 31 new options – three times more than before – ranging from luxury dining to healthy-and-fresh sit-down to grab- and-go showcasing demonstration cooking and sophisticated architecture. Westfield’s new retail collection features 36 new spaces that blend the world’s best designer luxury brands with a distinctly Los Angeles flavor. With additional contracts to design, develop and manage concessions at LAX’s Terminals 1, 2, 3, 6 and the iconic Theme Building, Westfield is an integral partner of the multibillion dollar LAX modernization project.
“With Los Angeles as our U.S. headquarters, we’re thrilled to introduce travelers from around the globe to our city’s cutting-edge cuisine, featuring some of the nation’s best chefs,” says Dominic Lowe, executive vice president of Westfield. “Options like these raise the bar on airport dining to deliver a world-class experience for travelers.”
HMSHost is introducing seven of Los Angeles’ most celebrated local dining venues into the New TBIT with distinctly L.A. favorites and global flavors by Border Grill, ink.sack, Larder at Tavern, Umami Burger, Chaya, 800 Degrees, and Vanilla Bake Shop – part of a dining collection by Westfield that features 18 homegrown L.A. concepts.
“It is hard to imagine one place where you can find so much extraordinary culinary talent as travelers to L.A. will find at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal,” says Joe Waller, HMSHost vice president of Business Development. “These restaurants are the creation of L.A.’s most innovative and respected chefs and restaurateurs. We could not be prouder about partnering with them to create a truly exceptional culinary program that is worthy of this beautiful new L.A. landmark.”
Restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and TV personalities with "Top Chef Masters" and "Too Hot Tamales,” co- chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger present Border Grill. Here, travelers find the best of Los Angeles—great food, from talented celebrity chefs, in a style that the city is known for, namely authentic Mexican food—dishes that are delicious, authentic and captivating, amidst the whimsy and fun of the restaurant’s spicy hot ambiance.
Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio uses modern techniques to evoke flavor, and flavor is what explodes out of his sandwiches at ink.sack. Uniquely Los Angeles, ink.sack puts a great restaurant—a fine dining experience—between two pieces of bread.
James Beard Award winner Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, repeat winner of Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence, have joined HMSHost to bring Larder at Tavern to Los Angeles travelers. Beautiful displays of the freshest breads and wonderfully aromatic cheeses and meats greet guests, where they can enjoy fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, or take away an in-flight picnic box, perfect for the journey ahead.
Umami Burger isn’t just selling upscale burgers, it is selling an experience. Another Los Angeles favorite, and recognized by GQ Magazine for “Burger of the Year,” Umami has become an instant legend for marrying accessibility, creativity, and quality, bringing together familiar ingredients but in a way that’s totally new—a burger experience not to be missed.
28-year-old Euro-Asian eatery Chaya is more than just a sushi restaurant, it’s a beloved Los Angeles institution. Now travelers can look forward to the same exotic tastes with the freshest fish and commitment to high quality, sustainable ingredients at the New TBIT. As the original creator of the Tuna Tartare, Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe’s dishes capture the spirit of L.A. flavor and continue to exceed diners’ highest expectations.
800 Degrees offers the best in Neapolitan pizza designed by you and ready in a flash. Using a wood burning oven, the Los Angeles-based sensation strives to honor Old World Italian tradition with California grown tomatoes, locally made fresh mozzarella, and handcrafted crust. Experience the real deal with artisanal ingredients such as broccolini, La Quercia prosciutto, and truffle cheese that wow with flavor.
Trendy Los Angeles favorite Vanilla Bake Shop presents travelers with award-winning, made-from-scratch- daily cupcakes with a focus on contemporary design and taste. With quality ingredients like Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, sweet cream butter, and cacao chocolate, owner Amy Berman’s creations routinely land on “best of” lists of countless magazines and food shows. But with a full menu of culinary delights for all times of day, travelers can find so much more than sweet treats.
Travelers will be able to grab a cup of their favorite coffee during the day and a relaxing glass of wine or beer in the evening at Starbucks Evenings, a new concept from America’s favorite coffee house. Pair these beverages – which are hand-selected to reflect the tastes of L.A.’s international travelers – with an even wider selection of Starbucks’ popular culinary offerings, including savory snacks and small plates such as bacon- wrapped dates, flatbreads with artichoke and goat cheese, and truffle mac and cheese. HMSHost will also open a second, traditional Starbucks location later this year.