John Wayne Airport Chews on Menu Changes

With the John Wayne Airport (SNA)construction underway, a plethora of restaurants, eateries and franchises hope to appease the airport commission and decision-makers with a menu of numerous dining options. Currently, the Orange county airport houses seven restaurant concessions. Between terminals A and B at John Wayne Airport there are three Starbucks kiosks, Sports Page Pub, Wolfgang Puck concession, the Oasis Grill & Sky Lounge and the Gibson Guitar Lounge.

Unlike the atypical McDonald’s  chains,  renowned chefs (as seen on Iron Chef) have stake in some of the proposals. In the franchise arena, two companies are vying to place restaurants names after legendary surfers. Corky Carroll’s Surf Bar, owned by the Delaware North Companies has designs on installing a restaurant at John Wayne Airport. An eatery named Hobie Hut, a moniker after Hobie Alter owned by HMS Host International is in contention with Corky Carroll’s Surf Bar.

Meanwhile, restaurants with a surf theme are not the only establishments hoping to serve the passengers of John Wayne Airport. According to the OC Register, Delaware North has a slew of other food concessions in its proposal. These include:

  • Dos Equis
  • Firewood
  • Heineken Lounge

A spokesman of the Anaheim Ducks asserts that there is a push to expand brand awareness at the John Wayne Airport because its an apropos venue for the  NHL inspired restaurant, where the merchandise will be on display at each table. Also, the blueprint includes a floor that resembles an ice rink.

Sources from Orange County Register also indicate that all the restaurants, which currently house the terminals at John Wayne Airport will be updated  with more upscale dining options. The only concession—that has already been approved to to serve the projected 10.5 millions travelers, passing through John Wayne Airport in 2011—is Subway.

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