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New Terminal F at DFW Airport will install one of those trendy food halls

Terminal F at DFW Airport will install one of those trendy food halls

Cake Bar
Layer cake from Cake Bar. Courtesy photo

Terminal F, the newest terminal at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, is barely a twinkle in the eye, but they're already planning the dining concession, and it will be a food hall experience.

The terminal will be the sixth terminal at DFW, and isn't expected to be complete until 2025. But the airport isn't waiting around. They've awarded the food contract to HMSHost and its partners Java Star Inc. and F. Howell Management Services Ltd.

It's a 10-year contract valued at $186 million, and the plan is to install a food hall at the airport, featuring restaurants from Trinity Groves and Eatzi's Market & Bakery, two concepts from Dallas restaurateur Phil Romano.

HMSHost president and CEO Steve Johnson says in a release that they're thrilled to build on the partnership HMSHost and DFW Airport already enjoy. "Adding these new restaurant options will result in a bold new offering, bringing some of Dallas’ most exciting food into the airport," Johnson says.

Trinity Groves will duplicate the incubator model it follows at its West Dallas location. The Terminal F Trinity Groves kitchen will rotate in menus from its tenants including Souk Kabab House, The Hall Bar & Grill, Local Urban Craft Kitchen, and Beto & Son Real Mexican Food.

Other additions include:

  • Eatzi's Market & Bakery, Romano's European-style eatery, will bring the characteristic experience of shopping in an authentic Italian market, tastes included.
  • Cake Bar, a cake bakery, will also open a stand. Founder Tracy German sold cakes from her home before opening her first location at Trinity Groves. At this new airport location, Cake Bar will also sell Kate Weiser Chocolates.
  • Counter Culture Coffee, a boutique roaster with regional popularity, rounds out the bakery experience with comforting flavors of smoothly brewed and sustainably-sourced coffee.

There'll also be two new retail offerings. True to Texas, a Texas merchandise store; and 360 West, a convenience store inspired by 360 West Magazine.

Gilbert Aranza, owner-operator of Java Star, Inc., and Frank Howell, owner-operator of F. Howell, Ltd. are HMSHost’s longstanding Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) partners in Dallas.

HMSHost and its ACDBE partners currently operate several restaurants throughout DFW Airport including Dallas Cowboys Club, Lorena Garcia Tapas y Cocina, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Beer Union, California Pizza Kitchen, and La Madeleine Bakery.