Washington’s Airports Launch Food and Retail Makeover

Published: September 17, 2013

Iconic Favorites Ben’s Chili Bowl, Legal Sea Foods, Luv’n Berry
Coming to Reagan National and Dulles International in 2014


A wide-ranging food and retail redevelopment program at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports will bring new and exciting choices to airport travelers over the next 30 months. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced the initial phase of this program, which will bring iconic restaurants Ben’s Chili Bowl and Legal Sea Foods to Reagan National and new French restaurant Bistro Atelier to Dulles International by the spring of 2014. They will join an initial slate of 25 new and redesigned offerings serving travelers at Reagan and Dulles. Significant future announcements of new airport food and retail options are expected as the redevelopment program evolves further.

As part of this redevelopment, some of Reagan National’s most popular stores and eateries have been selected to enhance their airport presence. Brooks Brothers will remodel and enhance its location pre-security. Five Guys Burgers and Fries will also redesign and expand its location near gates 35-45, one of the busiest locations across the nation-wide chain. Dulles will add to its international flair with new food and shops, including a new Au Bon Pain restaurant and Tumi travel and business accessories, complementing its stronghold on the region’s international travel market.

New/Enhanced at Reagan National in 2014

Food and Beverage

  • American Tap Room – bar and restaurant
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl – iconic local restaurant
  • Five Guys – remodeled and expanded
  • Legal Sea Foods – popular returning restaurant
  • Pinkberry – frozen yogurt and toppings


  • America! – Washington-themed souvenirs
  • Brighton Collectibles – handbags, jewelry and accessories
  • Brooks Brothers – high-end suits and business attire
  • Lacoste – casual clothing and accessories
  • Spanx – apparel
  • Vineyard Vines – casual apparel
  • Newsstands: CNBC News, Forbes News, Hudson News, NBC4 News, Washingtonian News

Coming/Returning to Dulles International in 2014

Food and Beverage

  • Au Bon Pain – French cafe and bakery
  • Bistro Atelier – locally managed French restaurant coming to D-gates
  • Firkin & Fox – redesigned and remodeled
  • Luv’n Berry – frozen yogurt and toppings


  • America! – Washington-themed souvenirs
  • Swarovski – crystal jewelry and fashion accessories
  • Tumi – luggage and travel accessories
  • Newsstands: Forbes News, NBC4 News, Washingtonian News

The new offerings reflect an increasing passenger desire for branded retail and broader, healthier food choices at airports.

“This is the first phase of delivering a world-class food and retail lineup for our passengers,” said Steve Baker, Vice President for Business Administration of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “We will soon begin a transformation that will culminate in the most extensive food and retail makeover in our history. We believe our airport offerings will leave a lasting, positive impression on travelers that make them look forward to their next flight at Reagan or Dulles.”

The Airports Authority’s food and retail redevelopment program will occur in five phases over the next 30 months.  During that time, 95 percent of all of the concessions will be converted or reconstructed. Construction will be carefully managed to have the lowest impact on airport passengers. As more than 150 new concepts are constructed, the Airports Authority will also add to the number and location of basic passenger services such as electrical outlets and ATMs.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was established in 1987 by the governments of Virginia and the District of Columbia to manage and operate Washington’s Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, which together serve more than 40 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Va. No taxpayer money is used to operate the toll road, which is funded by toll revenues, or the airports, which are funded through aircraft landing fees, rents and revenues from concessions. The Silver Line construction is funded by a combination of toll-road revenues, airport contributions and federal, state and local government appropriations. The Airports Authority is led by a 17-member board of directors appointed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and the president of the United States.