Travelers flying in and out of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport have a homey new place to eat: Maggiano's Little Italy will open its very first location inside an airport, and it'll be none other than our own DFW.
Maggiano's features pastas, signature salads, prime steaks, seafood, chef specials, and specialty desserts. The chain is owned and operated by Brinker International, and has 52 locations nationwide.
For the airport location, Brinker is partnering with HMSHost and business partner Java Star Inc. to offer Maggiano's Italian-American dishes for travelers in and out of DFW. It's almost enough to make you want to book a flight.
HMSHost president/CEO Steve Johnson says in a release that it's a thrill to open Maggiano's in DFW, describing it as an "inviting restaurant where family and friends can reconnect before a flight."
"Maggiano's is a beloved gathering place in neighborhoods across the country and we thank the airport for the opportunity to welcome travelers and our guests," he says.
Maggiano's positions itself as an "elevated casual dining experience" with Italian-American cooking, authentic recipes, and warm hospitality.
The menu will include classics such as calamari, spaghetti and meatballs, and a bar with beer, wine, and cocktails.
The airport location will feature a dining room broken into two large sections, with the bar serving as a divider. It'll seat up to 225 people, with seating for parties of all sizes.
The kitchen is large for an airport location, with up-to-date equipment to support dining room rushes while also supplying a convenient grab-and-go area with signature sandwiches and pastas.
"A taste of amazing homemade food while traveling is something special," says Maggiano's president Kelly C. Baltes. What do you suppose the "C" stands for? It's obviously important.
Maggiano's culture focuses on dining family-style, allowing DFW travelers to feel as if they're hanging out in the neighborhood with friends and family. But they're also making accommodations for solo travelers and small groups, with single-serve portions of the same dishes they generally do family-style.
While this is the first Maggiano's to open in an airport, Brinker is no stranger to airport restaurants. There are currently 17 of Brinker's Chili's restaurants in airports across the country.