Paradies Lagardère and Kent Rathbun Concepts to Open Abacus in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Paradies Lagardère and Kent Rathbun Concepts to Open Abacus in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

New concept second of three new restaurants and bars to open

ATLANTA – Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, and Kent Rathbun Concepts, have opened a new restaurant, Abacus, in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s (DFW) Terminal D. Together, both companies proposed and were awarded the contract for three new restaurants and bars in the DFW Airport. Abacus is the second restaurant to open; Whitetail Bistro opened in September 2016.


“We’re excited to bring Abacus to DFW, providing travelers variety and a taste of the local cuisine,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “Paradies Lagardère’s offerings through Kent Rathbun Concepts, Abacus and Whitetail Bistro, offer sophisticated dining environments and delicious, high-quality menu offerings that provide the first-class, internationally-renowned experience travelers expect at DFW.”

“Bringing the Abacus concept to DFW Airport is something I believe sophisticated travelers are seeking in terms of airport fine dining,” said William Hyde, owner of Kent Rathbun Concepts.  “It is an honor to work with Paradies Lagardère and we look forward to bringing such an internationally-renowned restaurant to travelers from around the world.”

Abacus’ contemporary global cuisine leads the way in upscale dining with a menu that reflects only the best seasonal ingredients.  Eclectic and enticing lunch and dinner menu options include signature small plates like the famous Lobster Scallion “Shooters,” and the much talked about Hudson Valley Foie Gras. The restaurant will also serve breakfast, and offer travelers’ items such as granola with honey yogurt, seasonal fruit or berries, or a three-egg omelet featuring ham, spinach, mushrooms and white cheddar.

High-end restaurants, quick-serve restaurants, bars and coffee shops are all a part of Paradies Lagardère’s Food and Beverage concepts. Brands have been tailored to entice travelers with the same familiar quality, variety, taste and atmosphere as their favorite “at home” dining spots, while maintaining the highest levels of quality and service.

Paradies Lagardère was recently awarded three prestigious awards for excellence in Food and Beverage. Airport Revenue News awarded the company an ARN Award for Best Chef-Driven, Local or Regional Restaurant for Bar Symon in the Pittsburgh International Airport.

The USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards also awarded Paradies Lagardère the Best Airport Bar Wait Staff for its Bar Symon Restaurant in the Pittsburgh International Airport, and recognized Long Beach Airport, where Paradies Lagardère manages the full restaurant program, as its Best Airport for Dining.