Restaurant News

Barrio Cafe, La Grande Orange, Cowboy Ciao and Cartel Coffee Coming to Sky Harbor

Earlier this week, we blogged about the upcoming restaurant changes at Sky Harbor International Airport's Terminal 4. Deliberations were underway for the initial restaurant "Master Concessionaire" recommendation, which would then be passed through several other committees before receiving final approval from the Phoenix City Council.

Well, the verdict is in.

Three proposals were submitted for the initial contract (one of two contracts that the airport will be awarding for Terminal 4 food services) and each company was interviewed in mid-April.

The winning bidder was Host International, Inc., which impressed the airport's decision-making panel with a proposal dominated by a ton of notable local and national names including Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's Barrio Cafe, Cartel Coffee Lab, several La Grande Orange eateries, and four Sam Fox ventures: Olive & Ivy, Sauce, Modern Steak and Blanco Tacos + Tequila. Current tenant Oaxaca is out, but El Bravo will stay in the mix.

Get the full list of Host International's proposed eateries after the jump...


  • Paradise Bakery & Café
  • NYPD Pizza
  • Sir Veza's Taco Garage
  • la Madeleine
  • Cartel Coffee Lab
  • McDonald's
  • Press Express
  • El Bravo
  • Sauce
  • Blanco Tacos & Tequila
  • Modern Burger
  • Olive & Ivy Marketplace
  • LGO Burger
  • LGO Deli
  • LGO Pizzeria & Grateful Spoon Gelato
  • Chelsea's Kitchen 
  • D'licious Dishes
  • Barrio Café
  • Cowboy Ciao
  • Starbucks 

This list is expected to make its way to the Phoenix City Council on June 15. Competing organization SSP America is already protesting the panel's choice, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that all of our local faves will make it to the finish line.

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Wynter Holden
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