Local favorites to greet residents and visitors at the airport
ATLANTA – Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, opened two new concepts near Austin–Bergstrom International Airport’s (AUS) Gate 18. ThunderCloud Subs and Ruta Maya are beloved local brands that will introduce a bit of Austin’s flavor and culture to visitors at the city’s airport.
The restaurant and coffee shop are the first of seven new dining spots Paradies Lagardère will open in AUS. Local favorites such as Second Bar + Kitchen, Departure Lounge and Berry Austin will also be offered to passengers.
“Paradies Lagardère tailors brands to entice travelers in a variety of ways, including bringing the familiar quality, taste and atmosphere of a favorite local dining spot into an airport,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “ThunderCloud Subs and Ruta Maya will not only appeal to locals coming through the airport, but introduce a bit of what makes Austin special to visitors.”
Founded in 1975, ThunderCloud Subs serves fresh, fast, and healthy food in a quirky and fun atmosphere. Guided by the simple principle of selling great subs at reasonable prices, ThunderCloud Subs uses bread made from scratch and delivered daily by a local bakery, slices its meats, cheeses, and produce in its shops each day, and prepares all spreads from scratch. The restaurant only uses organic eggs and purchases local ingredients whenever possible. Visit http://thundercloud.com/ for more information.
Ruta Maya is an Austin-based coffee company that imports 100 percent organic Arabica coffee beans shade-grown by a cooperative of farmers in Chiapas, Mexico. Ruta Maya boasts a product line that includes certified organic coffee in medium, dark, and espresso roasts. The company’s guiding principle is “Oportunidades para las Americas,” (Opportunities for the Americas). Visit http://rutamaya.net/ for more information.
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.