Paradies Lagardère and Kent Rathbun Concepts Open Hickory

Paradies Lagardère and Kent Rathbun Concepts Open Hickory

Restaurant Now Open in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

ATLANTA – Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, and Kent Rathbun Concepts, Dallas’ acclaimed culinary group, today announced the opening of its newest concept, Hickory, in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Located in Terminal B, this will be the third of four partner concepts from both companies at the airport. Whitetail Bistro opened in September 2016, and Abacus opened in March 2017.


“We’re thrilled to bring Hickory to DFW, giving travelers an intriguing fusion of a premium sports bar and a high-end culinary experience,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “Paradies Lagardère’s offerings through Kent Rathbun Concepts – Hickory, Abacus and Whitetail Bistro – provide sophisticated dining environments and delicious, high-quality menu offerings that give the first-class, internationally-renowned experience travelers expect at DFW.”

“We are very excited to be opening our third restaurant at DFW with Paradies Lagardère! We feel like the addition of Whitetail Bistro, Abacus, and now Hickory will help elevate the culinary offerings at the airport,” said William Hyde, owner of Kent Rathbun Concepts.

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Hickory will blend Kent Rathbun Concepts’ consistent high-end culinary experience with Dallas’ rich sports tradition to create DFW’s premier sports bar serving creative barbeque, burgers and other dishes reminiscent of the all-American family “cookout.” Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hickory’s offerings will showcase the best seasonal ingredients infused with bold, smoky flavors.

Guests will enjoy entrees such as the St. Louis-Style Pork Ribs, slowly prepared on the in-house smoker, as well as an assortment of enticing burgers and other handheld items. Decadent sides include the Blue Corn Grits and Cheddar Mac & Cheese, and the mouthwatering Skillet Cobbler. Diners can also take advantage of a full breakfast menu with offerings such as the Chili Trompo Tacos featuring scrambled eggs, cilantro and serrano cream. A dedicated kid’s menu is available for tiny travelers, of which 25 percent of retail sales will be donated to No Kid Hungry®.

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 recognized for excellence in Food and Beverage. The USA Today 10Best Awards recognized Long Beach Airport, where Paradies Lagardère manages the full restaurant program, as its Best Airport for Dining two years in a row. Bar Symon, at Pittsburgh International Airport, also earned a spot in the top five for the USA Today 10Best awards for Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Bar Waitstaff.