The Best Restaurant In America's 40 Biggest Airports

DECEMBER 23, 2015

"Because no one likes having to settle for the Spear-O-Mint Life Savers in the baggage-claim vending machines, we've painstakingly sought out the best restaurant and its precise location in each of the 40 largest American airports. Please adjust your travel plans accordingly." Listed among the top 40 is Concession International's own Bar Symon, at Washington Dulles International, Terminal D, near Gate 16. "Cleveland-based Iron Chef Michael Symon's comfort-food pub opened last February (with power outlets at every table!) and has a very solid list of craft beers, cocktails, and damn good burgers (get the Fat Doug and you won't need to eat again for 11-14 hours). If you can't make it here, we recommend hitting Chef Geoff's by Terminal C14 (also operated by CI)." Reported by Thrillest/Traveler, 12/23/15

MarketPlace Development Announces 2015 Dulles International and Reagan National Airports Annual Concessions Excellence Award Winners

DECEMBER 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MarketPlace Development, the concessions program manager at Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) are proud to announce the Concessions Excellence Award winners for 2015. Concessions International is proud to receive the following awards: Best Food Customer Service | Taylor Gourmet (Operated by Concessions International and MBC Concessions), Merchant of the Year | Bar Symon (Operated by Concessions International and United Concessions Group), Best Restaurant Customer Service | Bar Symon (Operated by Concessions International and United Concessions Group) and Best Overall Food & Beverage Operations | Bar Symon (Operated by Concessions International and United Concessions Group).

The Best Airport Bars in America So You Can Survive Your Layover

NOVEMBER 27, 2015

Denver International, Denver, CO New Belgium Hub (Concourse B) -- What could've been just another brewpub outpost of a local brewery (granted, an incredibly well-respected, very good brewery) manages to be just a little bit better thanks to its decor. With windows, a long wooden bar, and the recognizable bicycle motif (lamps made of bicycle parts!), this almost manages to feel like an actual brewpub and not one in an airport. After a long day of traveling, that makes a huge difference. That and its damn reliable beers.

Concessions International to participate in Warriors To The Workforce Hiring Event

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

Concessions International (CI) is proud to participate in the Warriors To The Workforce hiring and training event scheduled for October 12 - 14, 2015. The event is hosted by The American Freedom Foundation and is presented by IVET and GES (Global Experience Specialist) in conjunction with the 2015 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition on October 12-14, 2015 in Washington, DC. Booth #261.

Concessions International Opens DC Craft Brews at Washington Dulles International Airport

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Concessions International (CI), one of the leading concessionaires in the U.S., is proud to announce the opening of DC Craft Brews & Grill in Washington, D.C.'s Washington Dulles International Airport. The company’s proprietary brew house is located on Concourse D. The airport location is a joint venture between CI and Cleveland-based United Concessions Group (UCG) an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) owned by Hayat Rababy.

MarketPlace Presents Concessions Awards for Dulles International

JANUARY 30, 2015

MarketPlace Development, which operates concessions for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, has announced the Dulles Food and Shops Concessions Excellence Award winners for 2014. Be Right Burger, operated by Thompson Hospitality, Concessions International and MBC Concessions, is among the winners for Best New Food and Beverage Customer Service. Awards were presented to service, retail and food operators at Washington Dulles International (IAD) at the annual year-end merchant meeting held at Hyatt Dulles Airport. They were based on customer service mystery shopping scores and monthly operations inspections.

Concessions International Opens Cruzan Landing at Cyril E. King Airport, USVI

DECEMBER 19, 2014

Concessions International is excited to announce the opening of Cruzan Landing - the refurbished bar and restaurant in the baggage claim area at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. The franchise is operated by Concessions International which is partnering with Cruzan Rum.

Airport Franchisee Flying High in 2014, Beyond

OCTOBER 21, 2014

Concessions International opened a franchised unit of Be Right Burger in Dulles International Airport in late September and will open an outlet of American Tap Room in Reagan National Airport this month.

Concessions International Brings Gourmet Burgers to Atlanta Airport Travelers

APRIL 16, 2014

It's no secret gourmet burger joints have become a national craze in recent years. Serving up a traditional American classic - the burger - with a fresh, epicurean and customizable spin, these modern burger concepts are commanding the fast casual industry.

Concessions International Brings Digital Technology To ATL Eateries

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Samuel Adams Atlanta and Dos Equis Explorer Lounge, two bars opened recently at Hartsfield-Jackson International, will have iPad-enabled ordering – the first time such technology has been utilized at the airport.

Concessions International Opens Wetzel's Pretzels at Denver Airport

JANUARY 8, 2014

"We were fortunate to form a new partnership with Wetzel's Pretzels," said CI Chief Executive Donata Russell Major. "While other snack concepts are located throughout DIA, Wetzel's Pretzels delivers a quality like none other and we know travellers will be sure to make a regular stop."

Concessions International Introduces First iPad Ordering at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport

DECEMBER 19, 2013

Concessions International (CI) will open two new bar concepts at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) this month, both with iPad-enabled ordering for the ultimate in-airport convenience.

Fly High with Airport Concessions

DECEMBER 1, 2013

Opening new restaurant units in the dynamic airport environment can offer real growth opportunities, sound profits, and brand exposure to an international clientele, but make no mistake: There also are unique challenges as a result of the operating venue.

Gabriel’s Restaurant & Bakery To Open 1st Airport Unit

NOVEMBER 22, 2013

Concessions International (CI) continues to introduce Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) travelers to the flavors of Atlanta. On November 25, Marietta, Georgia–based Gabriel’s Restaurant & Bakery will open its first airport location with its wide selection of Southern treats along with salads, soups, sandwiches, and wraps. Gabriel’s will be operated by a joint venture between CI and H&H Hospitality, an Atlanta ACDBE company.

Paschal's Peach Cobbler wins Best Dessert at Taste of Atlanta 2013

OCTOBER 25, 2013

Thanks to everyone who came out to Taste of Atlanta this year! We had a wonderful weekend of food, wine, beer, cocktails and music! Check out our judges picks for the best sights and bites from Taste of Atlanta 2013.

American Tap Room to Open in Reagan Airport

October 9, 2013

Concessions International (CI), a leading airport concessionaire, announced it will open the newest dining option at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) -- American Tap Room. The full service gastropub will be located in the initial phase of the food and retail redevelopment program at Reagan National.

Proof of the Pudding makes its F&B debut at Atlanta Airport

August 21, 2013

Two kiosks from healthy food concept Proof of the Pudding opened this week in Concourse B at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Concessions International (CI) teamed up with Atlanta-based Proof of the Pudding for this quick-serve concept.

Atlanta Airport Gets a Lot Healthier with LottaFrutta Unit

August 1, 2013

Working with Concessions International (CI), Atlanta-based LottaFrutta opens its first airport location in Concourse B of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), making it one of the airport’s only Latina-owned restaurant vendors and its first franchised location.

Russell Siblings, George McKerrow Go Into GSU 2013 Hall of Fame

July 19, 2013

"Donata, Jerome and Michael have been tremendously successful as business and civic leaders, and personify the spirit of the Business Hall of Fame," said Robinson College Dean H. Fenwick Huss. "Their accomplishments are substantial, as is their civic commitment. They have also significantly built on the legacy of their father, Herman J. Russell, who was one of our first inductees back in 1985."

Going Local, Green Takes Off for Concessions International

JULY 17, 2013

Airport restaurants are hubs for innovation within the industry because of their high-end, well-traveled clientele and demanding airport rules, according to Anthony Joseph, president of Concessions International.

Successful Entrepreneurs Making Their Mark At DIA - CBS Denver

JULY 1, 2013

From a jewelry kiosk at DIA to her very own store front, Hailemariam will be selling a very popular pretzel, but she’s not the only one who is proud.... “She’s going to partner up with Concessions International, a concessionaire that’s been at DIA for quite some time. They operate in airports across the country. They’re going to partner up together and open Wetzel’s Pretzels,” said Leah Older, acting director of operations and analysis at DIA.

Congratulations to the CI Seattle Airport Operations !

APRIL 24, 2013

Congratulations to the CI Seattle Airport Operations!

Einstein Bros. Opens at DFW

MARCH 26, 2013

Concessions International, a food service concessionaire with operations in airports across the United States, has announced its latest restaurant opening of the first Einstein Bros. Bagels in Terminal A of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Concessions International focuses on airport growth

MARCH 25, 2013

New chief executive Donata Russell Major discusses the company's plans for 2013 and beyond.

Concessions International names new CEO

FEBRUARY 20, 2013

Atlanta-based Concessions International has named Donata Russell Major as chief executive officer.

Jeff Call promoted to Corporate Chef

FEBRUARY 11, 2013

We are pleased to announce Jeff Call's promotion to Corporate Chef! Jeff joined the Concessions International team in October 2007 as the Product Development Manager. He has more than 30 years' experience in the Food and Beverage industries including import/export of frozen poultry to Puerto Rico, all Front of the House and Back of the House positions in hotels, restaurants, catering, delis and gourmet markets.

Joseph confirmed to NRA Board of Directors

FEBRUARY 1, 2013

In January, the National Restaurant Association confirmed Anthony Joseph to its 2013 Board of Directors during their Winter Board Meeting in San Diego, CA. Joseph most recently served as 2011 Board Chair for the Georgia Restaurant Association.

Honoring the Life of Former Lt. Governor Derek M. Hodge at the Kimelman Cancer Center

OCTOBER 31, 2011

Earlier today, Governor de Jongh joined officials of the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute, Concessions International and Mrs. Monique-Sibilly Hodge in dedicating an infusion suite at the cancer center in honor of former Lt. Governor Derek M. Hodge.

Hakeem Named Interim Director of Strategic Initiatives at Concessions International

OCTOBER 6, 2011

LeMonica Hakeem has become the interim director of strategic initiatives at Concessions International, now that Sylvia Ross has resigned her position to begin her own consulting firm.

Joseph Named GRA Chairman

FEBRUARY 4, 2011

The Georgia Restaurant Association recently approved its new board for 2011, with Anthony Joseph as the new chairman. Atlanta Business Chronicle, February 4-10, 2011

Partnering Made Perfect: Concessions International, LLC's Formula for Success

APRIL 6, 2009

The Country's Fifth Largest Food & Beverage Concessionaire Celebrates 30 Years of Growth During Challenging Times In Our Country

New CI Events in the Virgin Islands

JANUARY 2, 2009

CI Cares is a service initiative that develops partnerships with the community to develop the youth, promote entrepreneurship by women and minorities and to make contributions to the communities where we work and live.

CI volunteers with KABOOM and builds a playground

AUGUST 20, 2008

Concessions International volunteered with the KaBOOM organization on August 21, 2008 to build a playground at Edgewood Court Apartments.