For a city with a distinct culinary personality, Los Angeles falls short of reaching its potential in airport food. Talk of including more local favorites has been bandied about time and again, but not much has been done about it—until now. According to a report from Rick Paulas of KCET, the LAX food court is gearing up for serious revamp.
What does this mean for Angelenos and visitors? Eater LA says a planned $80 million overhaul of the Tom Bradley International Terminal will bring in some of L.A.’s most notable chefs and restaurants: Michael Voltaggio’s ink.sack, Border Grill, Umami Burger, LA Mill Coffee, Larder at Tavern, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Chaya, Petrossian, Short Cake, and Vanilla Bake Shop. Starbucks will launch one of its post-work/pre-dinner Starbuck Evenings spots, which are essentially wine bars with small plates.
As Paulas says, “What’s awfully nice about the whole thing isn’t that they’re just responding to criticism of having no quality options by simply putting in a new Wolfgang Puck’s or some other name-dropping eatery and calling it a day. Instead, they’re actually taking established Los Angeles icons and bringing them to those making a first impression of the city.”
The new additions should make future layovers and/or delays a lot more palatable. Expect to see phase one in place by spring 2013; phase two will be completed by 2014.