Openings and Closings

Margaritaville, BurgerFi, Starbucks, and 23 More Restaurants Coming to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Hungry and hurried travelers will be able to refresh at 25 new restaurants at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a major revamp of the airport's terminals one and two.

The expansion of flavors will happen in two phases by HMSHost. Phase-one restaurants will open this spring, while phase-two eateries will take until 2017 for completion. Both local and national chains will be represented in the mix, including that favorite caffeine kick for the jet-lagged, Starbucks.

Also new and notable is Air Margaritaville. A joint effort between Jimmy Buffett and HMSHost, the restaurant will start travelers on their Caribbean vacation even before they get to the gate by serving them tropical drinks and "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" in a restaurant with a tropical aviation theme marked by a scale replica of Buffett's flying boat.

Local restaurants represented at FLL will include Shula Burger, named after legendary coach Don Shula; Offerdahl's Cafe Grill, founded by former Miami Dolphin linebacker John Offerdahl; Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle; Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza; Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar; Sergio's; and BurgerFi.

"We are very much looking forward to partnering with HMSHost to transition our terminals one and two in ways that will wow our travelers," said Kent George, director of aviation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. "We have great development plans here at the airport, and HMSHost's dining program will be a significant part of that."

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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