“Passengers are in for a treat”– Dublin Airport unveils final phase of F&B transformation programme

This rendering shows part of the revamped F&B offer at Dublin Airport {All images courtesy of Dublin Airport}

IRELAND. Dublin Airport has revealed details of its refreshed food & beverage offering in Terminals 1 and 2, including more than 20 new and enhanced concepts.

The updated line-up will conclude the airport’s five-year F&B transformation programme, bringing the number of outlets to 42 in landside and airside locations across both terminals.

Dublin Airport has teamed up with Irish food services and hospitality specialist KSG and Lagardère Travel Retail for the latest phase of the programme.

The project will be carried out in phases throughout this year, with work on several units already underway. More than half of the new and revamped units are expected to open in June.

A celebration of partnership: (Left to right) Lagardère Travel Retail Managing Director UK and Ireland Marion Engelhard, daa Chief Commercial and Development Officer Vincent Harrison and KSG CEO Michael Gleeson salute the plan to open 23 new outlets in culinary style

As reported, the first phase in the transformation of the Irish gateway’s dining offer was unveiled in 2022 in partnership with SSP.

DAA Chief Commercial and Development Officer Vincent Harrison said: “Passengers are in for a treat in 2024 with a whole host of exciting additions and improvements to the already fantastic line-up of bars and eating places in Dublin Airport.

“These enhancements build on the many new outlets we have opened and improved in the terminals over recent years, which are going down very well with passengers. We’ve listened closely to passengers and have heard loud and clear that they want more choice, including more gluten-free options, and by working with our partners, we are going to offer them more variety than ever before.

“Passengers will soon be able to enjoy everything from Italian, Asian and Mexican outlets through to loved local favourites and up-and-coming Irish brands. We look forward to working closely with both KSG, which is based just down the road from the airport, and Lagardère Travel Retail, on the roll-out of these new and improved outlets over the next 12 months.”

KSG Chief Executive Michael Gleeson added: “KSG is delighted to partner with Dublin Airport on this exciting transformation project and we look forward to welcoming passengers to the new food & beverage formats that will open during 2024. As a leading Irish company we will look to be promoting and showcasing the best of Irish produce at Dublin Airport.”

Lagardère Travel Retail Managing Director in UK and Ireland Marion Engelhard said: “As a global player, we are delighted to bring our food & beverage expertise to Dublin Airport, enhancing the customer experience. We thank Dublin Airport for their trust and look forward to a successful collaboration.”

F&B outlets arriving at Terminal 1

Dublin Airport brings a local drinking and dining experience to passengers with the opening of an Arthur Guinness Bar

Among the dining concepts to open at Terminal 1 is what is described as a world-class food hall featuring a mix of international specialties such as Korean and Thai street food, an Arthur Guinness Bar, and a large Italian restaurant serving freshly made pizza and pasta as well as gelato, crêpes and waffles.

The food hall will house brands including Pret A Manger; a revamped Nomad offering vegetarian options; Street Kitchen, featuring authentic Mexican street food; Mexican bar Cantina; and Bluebird Coffee Roasters and Wine Bar to replace the former Starbucks outlet, which closed at the end of December.

The refreshed F&B line-up includes a diverse array of options such as bakeries, coffee shops, fast food, gastropubs and casual dining outlets

More F&B brands will be introduced at T1 including an enhanced Jump Juice bar on Pier 100, and Cuan Cafe and Bar in place of the existing Leopold outlet.

The current SoMa outlet will be replaced by Lilian’s Restaurant and Bar, named after aviation pioneer Lilian Bland.

An Insomnia Coffee outlet will also be unveiled in the arrivals hall, occupying the former space of AMT coffee outlet.

F&B outlets arriving at Terminal 2

Terminal 2 will see an array of F&B launches this year, following the successful launch of street food-themed dining zone The Mezz with SSP in the summer.

Openings will include Fitzgerald’s Restaurant and Bar, which offers a blend of boutique hotel foyer meets classic club VIP lounge. The store was named after Desmond Fitzgerald, the architect behind the design of the original Dublin Airport terminal. It will replace the current Oak Bar.

Fitzgerald’s Restaurant and Bar will offer passengers a more relaxed vibe

More dining options are set to occupy the landside area, including Supermac’s and Papa John’s restaurants, which will move into the space previously occupied by Wright’s of Howth.

Roasted Notes Speciality Coffee will soon be available at the same area, replacing the Caffé Nero unit.

The existing Butler’s Coffee shops in both T1 and T2 will undergo a revamp. ✈

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