Grabbing a bite to eat at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is now a welcome experience for travelers. The design team capitalized on the booming food truck craze and transported it into the airport concourse. Actual food trucks from the 1950s were stripped and rebuilt by food truck fabricators to meet strict health department standards as point of sales counters.
Octagonal floor tiles, with a combination of unique patterns, create an appealing entrance that leads patrons through the space. Reclaimed brick, vintage lighting fixtures and storefront window systems create the illusion of being outside in an old industrial alley. The team used a curtain wall assembly to facilitate the full-size trucks being lifted by crane from the tarmac into the building. Anchored by an Airstream Bar at one end, the dining yard is a destination for travelers and a profit center for the airport.
- 2018 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) U.S. Design and Development Awards, Commendation – Retail Store Design
- 2018 Restaurant Development+Design (rd+d) the restaurant development+design awards, Form + Function Award
- 2018 The Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards, Regional Winner (Americas) – Airport Food Hall of the Year
- 2019 Airport Council International-North America’s (ACI-NA), Second Place “Best New Food and Beverage (quick-serve concept)
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