Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport announced the latest offerings in their comprehensive concessions overhaul, which began nearly three years ago, to improve the travel experience by offering broader food and retail options to reflect famous global brands and the unique flavors of the National Capital region.
Among the new concepts will be the region’s first airport Chick-Fil-A at Reagan National, with its family friendly menu along with Pei Wei at Dulles International, with freshly prepared Asian-fusion cuisine. Additionally, a second Wolfgang Puck restaurant will join the expanded list of celebrity chef-driven concepts at both airports. One of the most innovative additions in the lineup will be the Washington Redskins Burgundy and Gold restaurant.
“As part of the airport’s mission, we have focused on the passenger experience and that extends to the shopping and dining options available at Reagan National and Dulles International airports,” said Jerome L. Davis, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “When passengers travel through Dulles International and Reagan National, their journey will include concessions offerings that reflect passenger preferences and expectations for Washington’s airports.”
The new Washington Redskins-themed restaurant, named the “Burgundy & Gold Club,” will be accompanied by a stand-alone exhibit featuring the storied history of the Redskins NFL team since moving to the nation’s capital nearly eight decades ago.
“We are excited to partner with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to bring a Redskins themed restaurant to Dulles International Airport,” said Terry Bateman, Washington Redskins executive vice president. “The Redskins have been part of the Washington, D.C., region since 1937, and having a presence at Dulles International Airport – a premiere gateway to the Capital Region – is a natural fit.”
The Redskins-themed restaurant, along with shops and restaurants distinctive to the Washington region, are part of an effort to give Reagan National and Dulles International airports “a stronger sense of place,” said Chryssa Westerlund, Airports Authority vice president of marketing and consumer strategy. “As soon as people step off their planes, we want to create an immediate image of the nation’s capital by providing a ‘look and feel’ of this unique area.”
During the past 30 months, the Airports Authority and its concession manager, MarketPlace Development, have added more than 120 shops and restaurants at Reagan National and Dulles International, aimed at enriching the passengers’ journey by creating a sample of what the region has to offer.
“As we begin our Phase 5 round of introducing new concessions at the airports, we remain focused on representing the diversity of the region we serve in the food and retail offerings to our passengers,” said Steve Baker, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority deputy vice president for customer and concession development, who has led the transformation effort. “Our concessions are giving passengers variety with local, regional and national flair that we hope will enhance their overall travel experience.”
Passengers at Dulles International can now indulge in a selection of specialty brands and local favorites, including: Burberry, Montblanc, L’Occitane, Michael Kors, Swarovski, Coach, Estee Lauder/M.A.C, Kiehl’s, Thomas Pink, Tumi, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines, American Tap Room, &pizza, Bracket Room, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, District ChopHouse, Smashburger, D.C.’s own Chef Geoff’s, and ABC’s “The Chew” host Chef Michael Symon’s Bar Symon.
Passengers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport can now enjoy noteworthy offerings that include: D.C.’s iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl, Chef Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna, Chef Richard Sandoval’s El Centro, Bracket Room, ABC’s “The Chew” host and Top Chef alumnus Carla Hall’s partnership with Page restaurant, Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s partnership with Reservoir restaurant, Legal Sea Foods, Lebanese Taverna, Taylor Gourmet, Cava Mezza Grill, American Tap Room, &pizza, Spanx, Tumi, Brighton, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste and Vineyard Vines.
By early summer, passengers will see the four-year concessions transformation plan nearing its conclusion. The new variety will include healthy options, luxury brands and nationally recognized food and retail. A full list of stores and restaurants at Dulles International can be found here, and a list of offerings at Reagan National can be found here.
About the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority:
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road and also manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail public transit system through Fairfax County and into Loudoun County, Virginia. More than 44 million passengers a year pass through the two airports. The Airports Authority generates more than 387,000 jobs in the National Capital Region.
About The Redskins:
Headquartered at Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with 10 others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.
About MarketPlace Development:
MarketPlace Development develops and manages airport retail programs across the country. A recognized industry leader for over 20 years, MarketPlace Development works in partnership with airports and airlines to enhance passenger satisfaction and maximize revenue. The Massachusetts-based company is responsible for the concessions programs at LaGuardia Airport – Terminal B, Philadelphia International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport, and has also worked with numerous airports and airlines across the country. Visit marketplacedevelopment.com for more information.