Get ready, Québécois, because your airport food is about to get an upgrade. HMSHost, the global airport concessionaire, just announced that they won the contract for 19 new dining areas at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and they’ve already got some great plans in the works. Some of the highlights from the press release:
L’Auberge St. Gabriel, the oldest inn in continuous use in North America, with a 327 year history, will now have a striking restaurant, bar, and lounge location bearing its namesake in the International Terminal, where, prior to dining on distinctive Quebec-style cuisine such as roasted Cornish hen with baby Quebec lettuce, French fries, and garlic thyme gravy, guests will enter through a larger than life red reproduction of the letter A (from the Auberge logo).
Montreal Cuisine de Rue, also in the International Terminal, should stimulate travellers’ appetites, with cuisine inspired by Montreal’s food truck scene, created internally by HMSHost’s expert chefs and served ‘street-style’ from a food truck. La Cage Aux Sports, which is modeled after the popular street side sports bar, will open a new location in the International Terminal as well. Guests in this terminal will also be able to enjoy Starbucks ReserveTM, the latest coffeehouse experience from Starbucks, which features the innovative Clover-brewing system and a rotating selection of the most diverse, hard to find beans from exclusive coffee estates around the world.
Avenue des Canadiens, a restaurant and bar featuring a Montreal Canadiens hockey ambiance, punctuated by memorabilia, will open in the Domestic Terminal. The Joe Beef team of Frederic Morin, David McMillan and Marc Olivier Frappier (of Joe Beef, Liverpool House and Vin Papillon) will consult on the menu. They will also invite prominent Montreal “guest chefs” to create guest items as well as special seasonal additions.
HMSHost also will bring craft brew restaurant Six Pints – Academie de la Biere to the Domestic Terminal, in partnership with the Six Pints Specialty Beer Company, a division of Molson Coors Canada.
Sounds like we’ve got some great new Montreal restaurants coming to the airport. Who’s up for a mileage run to YUL?