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In the News

We’re reimagining MSP Airport, and people are taking notice. Scroll down and read what folks are saying about the many changes taking place.

MSP Airport remodels food courts to update quick meal options

Dining options at airports have become more important to the traveling public as airlines have pared back on complimentary in-flight food offerings and as security has been tightened. – Star Tribune, July 16, 2018

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New art coming to MSP Airport; public invited to help shape it

New artwork is coming to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, likely to be installed in late 2019, and you’re invited to help shape it. – Star Tribune, May 1, 2018

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This Might be the Best Airport Bar for Beer Drinkers

“…That’s why finding a legit craft beer spot while traveling is akin to an oasis in the driest of desert, which is how I came to know and love Stone Arch, in the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport on a recent layover while traveling from LA to DC. Named after the Stone Arch Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, the tap list at this bar is culled exclusively from the Minnesota Brewer’s Guild of craft brewers, which means you can sample a handful of the state’s best beer without actually setting foot in the state (because, come on, layovers don’t count as an actual visit).” – Nathan Borchelt, Paste Magazine, April 11, 2018

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Emphasizing local names, MSP Airport adding 25-plus new restaurants

Dining at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is looking to get even better. And even more local, with the impending addition of a top-performing diner, a modern-day Juicy Lucy specialist and a popular Northeast Minneapolis distillery. – Star Tribune, March 13, 2018

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Why Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport keeps winning awards

When I arrive at the airport, I check the giant electronic signs above the two main security checkpoints to see which one to choose; the relatively new signs announce how many minutes travelers have to wait in the lines. – Star Tribune, March 8, 2018

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MSP Airport to build more bathroom areas ... for animals

On Wednesday morning, pups Zoe, Shamus and Pal were hard at work offering harried travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport some soft ears to scratch, bellies to rub, and even a few doggy kisses, if needed. – Star Tribune, March 8, 2018

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Major Construction Kicks Back Off at MSP Airport

Major construction projects are about to get back underway at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport after a brief break for the Super Bowl last month. – KSTP-TV, March 1, 2018

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Sneak peek: Renderings of new $14 million food court at MSP Airport

The Metropolitan Airports Commission, which manages Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, has released renderings of the new food court planned for the main mall area in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. – Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Feb. 7, 2018

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Big Changes Coming to MSP International Airport

Over the next week, people will start to notice some big changes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The changes will be most apparent in the ticketing area of the airport, where a construction zone has been shielded for about 18 months. –KSTP-TV, Jan. 12, 2018

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ARN Closer Look: MSP

A great round up video of the first phase of MSP’s concessions makeover.

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What's the rush? MSP Airport offers many reasons to linger

… here’s a travel secret — these days, it’s good to show up extra early, no matter the wait times, just to enjoy the new amenities at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On the heels of a yearlong wave of growth and change — including 15 new restaurants and 35 new shops debuting throughout Terminal 1 — MSP boasts more options for filling travelers up and keeping them entertained than ever before. – Star Tribune, Oct. 10, 2017

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New eateries approved for Terminal 1 at MSP Airport

More than two dozen new eateries are planned for the busiest terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — ranging from local favorites to national chains offering selections from sushi to steak. – Star Tribune, Sept. 25, 2017

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MAC approves new $240 million, 11-story parking ramp at airport

A new $240 million, 11-story parking ramp is planned for Terminal 1-Lindbergh at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. – Star Tribune, Sept. 26, 2017

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Vendors Selected to Create 30 New Restaurants at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

A local full-service steak and seafood restaurant, fresh-pressed juice bar, full-service casual Mexican or Latin cuisine establishment, local full-service bakery and café, and fast-casual Asian restaurant and bar: those are among the 30 food concepts to be developed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) by companies awarded the opportunities by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board. – Metropolitan Airports Commission, Sept. 26, 2017

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MSP plans big changes on retail and food front

“Travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have their choice of nearly 50 new retailers and restaurants added over the past year. And more changes are coming.” – Star Tribune, Sept. 24, 2017

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From ‘Project Runway’ to Angel Food Bakery, a marriage of design and taste

“After co-owner/head pastry chef Katy Gerdes’ stint on “Project Runway,” it’s no wonder sweets coming out of Angel Food Bakery & Donut Bar (86 Ninth St. S., Minneapolis; 612-238-1435; angelfoodmn.com) are as artfully presented as they are tasty, given her eye for design.

With the recent unveiling of a second location — this one at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Concourse E) — we chat with Gerdes, 36, about how Angel Food came to be and what’s ahead.” – Pioneer Press, Aug. 30, 2017

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Flying out of MSP airport? You have 11 new local food options

As the 16th busiest airport in North America, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport continues to spread its wings.

Foodwise, that has meant opening 15 new restaurants in the past 18 months in the Lindbergh Terminal as part of the first phase of a major expansion. While a few national brands are in that count, the majority enlisted are local outfits spotlighting Minnesota’s culinary culture. – Aug. 15, 2017, Pioneer Press

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Now Open: 11 MN restaurants featured at MSP airport

Over the last year or so, officials have completed the first phase of a multi-level project to bring local flavor to the roughly 38 million passengers who travel through MSP each year. The result is 11 local restaurants and 35 new stores, all giving travelers a taste of Minnesota. – KARE11, August 9, 2017

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Food Truck Alley at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Airport

Food trucks are popping up everywhere these days. Portland International Airport has a trio of great food trucks. And now Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has created a Food Truck Alley with Holy Land DeliRed Cow and Salty Tart. – StuckAtTheAirport.com, July 29, 2017

 

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MSP Airport shows travelers 'who we are' with new Minnesota art

Does art represent something essential about Minnesota? The planners at MSP International Airport think so.

The airport has been remodeling for the past three years in an effort to showcase more Minnesota-made art. The multi-year project is set to continue through 2023, said Arts @ MSP director Robyne Robinson, making art a central part of the airport experience for the first time. – July 19, 2017, Star Tribune

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InterContinental hotel plans to open at MSP Airport in summer 2018

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The Twins Grill at MSP celebrates grand opening

Former Minnesota Twins greats gathered at The Twins Grill in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Wednesday to celebrate its grand opening. – March 22, 2017, KARE 11

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Dunkin' Donuts takes off at MSP Airport

Dunkin’ Donuts is open and serving travelers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The donut-coffee shop — the second to open in the Twin Cities as part of the chain’s expansion here —opened in the main concourse of Terminal One. Dunkin Donuts opened its first Twin Cities location in New Hope last week. The plan is to open dozens of locations across the state over the next several years.- Dec. 12, 2016, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

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MSP Airport has first-class seats. In the bathroom

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport should be flushed with pride. On Monday, it was declared home to the best public bathroom in America. At least that’s the result announced in the America’s Best Restroom contest held by Cintas, a commercial uniform, floor care and restroom supply company. – Nov. 21, 2016, Pioneer Press

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Stone Arch marks grand opening at MSP Airport

Finding a decent beer at an airport can often be a challenge. Most airport tap towers are dominated by macro lagers and the “crafty” side of craft beer. While MSP was by no means a craft wasteland with outposts from Rock Bottom, O’Gara’s, and French Meadow, it’s getting a big boost this week with the grand opening of Stone Arch, a restaurant and bar in the former Chili’s location in Terminal 1. – Nov. 15, 2016, The Growler

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LoLo American Kitchen and Craft Bar opens at Minneapolis-St. Paul

SSP America has opened LoLo American Kitchen and Craft Bar, short for ‘locally owned, locally operated’, at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

The restaurant, which opened on 3 November, is in Terminal 1’s Concourse E and offers chef-driven seasonal local cuisine. The menu focuses on gourmet American street foods, fresh handmade cocktails and craft beers and wine. – Nov. 11, The Foodie Report

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Where to eat and drink at MSP Airport now

The locavore movement has landed at MSP. Here are some of our favorite places to dig in at the airport. – Nov. 4, 2016, Star Tribune

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Exciting New Airport Eats and More in the Food News Cribsheet

Downtown Stillwater’s LOLO American Kitchen & Craft Bar is opening two new spots. Sticking with their river-side roots, owners chef Brad Nordeen and general manager Joe Ehlenz plan to open in Hudson, Wisconsin, in a much larger space that will include patio seating. Mid October will also see the opening of a LOLO’s annex at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. –  Oct. 11, 2016, Minneapolis Eater

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New gates promise more competition at MSP airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will get a little bigger on Thursday. Terminal 2 is officially opening four new gates, expanding the former charter terminal to 14 departure and arrival points. – Oct. 19, 2016 – Minnesota Public Radio

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Music News: Dave Pirner to play new MSP airport venue opening

A motley group of musicians will play the opening of a new music venue at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In a concert starting at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, the McNally Smith College of Music Stage at Republic will host performances by Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum; Chris Osgood and Dave Ahl of the Suicide Commandos; St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and his band the MSP Messengers; jazz duo Solomon Parham and Spencer Christianson; and McNally Smith students. – Oct. 13, 2016 – The Current 89.3

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Get ready for a slew of mouth-watering Twin Cities restaurant debuts

A pack of exciting new restaurants — from casual cafes to high-end eateries to Dunkin’ Donuts — are set to open in the Twin Cities in the next three months. – Sept. 30, 2016 – Star Tribune

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LoLo American Kitchen expands to Hudson, MSP airport

Stillwater’s LoLo American Kitchen is expanding… – Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Sept. 29, 2016

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Look inside Terminal 2 expansion at MSP Airport

KARE 11 reports on the gate expansion at Terminal 2, including the green roof. – KARE 11, Sept. 15, 2016

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Mercury Mosaics installs tile tributes to Minnesota at MSP Airport (Video)

A Northeast Minneapolis firm is behind the new clay mosaic tiles at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Mercury Mosaics made more than 3,000 clay tiles for murals depicting the state’s lakes and the North Shore of Lake Superior for new restrooms at the south end of the Airport Mall in Terminal 1. – July 1, 2016; Mpls.-St. Paul Business Journal

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VIDEO: Grzechowiak Talks MSP

During the Airport Revenue News 2016 Revenue Conference & Exhibition, Liz Grzechowiak, assistant director of concessions and business development at Metropolitan Airports Commission, shared what is on the horizon for Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

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New hotel at MSP Airport will be an InterContinental

A new hotel to be built at the main terminal of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be an InterContiental.

Graves Hospitality announced the initial, “to-be-signed” agreement with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts on Monday, saying the project is slated for completion in 2018. – April 18,  2016, KARE 11

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Minneapolis airport adding Black Sheep Pizza, Republic, LoLo and live music

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza and Minneapolis pub Republic will add locations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport under new food and beverage contracts.

In addition to Black Sheep and Republic, SSP America will open a LoLo American Kitchen in Concourse E and Camden Food Co. in Concourse F. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, March. 14, 2016 – Jim Hammerand

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MSP Airport plans multimillion dollar overhaul of its restrooms

Air passengers everywhere are tired of cramped, dirty and smelly airport bathrooms, to hear travel experts tell it. So the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is giving its restrooms an ambitious overhaul that will stretch over the next decade and cost about $12 million in the next three years. – Star Tribune, Jan. 9, 2016 – Janet Moore

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MSP airport readies biggest-ever bidding project

The Metropolitan Airports Commission is dangling a $245 million contract to lure construction partners for a massive new parking ramp at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Dec. 17, 2015, Mark Reilly

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49 new Minneapolis-St. Paul airport restaurants, shops set

Travelers who pass through the Minneapolis-St. International Paul Airport will soon have dozens of new restaurants and retail shops to choose from as they wait for their flights.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission on Monday selected 49 new food vendors and retail shops to open in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. – Pioneer Press, Aug. 17, 2015, Nick Woltman 

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Minn. craft brewers, Smack Shack win airport spots

It’ll be “so long” Chili’s Too, and “hello” craft beers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission approved a set of new concession bids Monday, as a once-a-decade-or-so refresh of retail and restaurant offerings in Terminal 1 moves forward. – Minnesota Public Radio, Aug. 18, 2015, Tim Nelson

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MAC Board votes to continue with improvements at Terminal 2

Metropolitan Airports Commission board members on June 15 voted to approve the bid award for construction of three new aircraft gates (four jet bridge positions) at Terminal 2-Humphrey. – Home Town Source, July 10, 2015

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Graves Hospitality reveals first airport hotel rendering after full commission approval

Minneapolis-based Graves Hospitality released its first rendering to the public Tuesday morning for its soon-to-be flagship hotel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. – Star Tribune, March 19, 2015, Krisen Leigh Painter

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Graves gets nod to build MSP hotel; hopes to open by Super Bowl

The hotel company owned by entrepreneur and one-time congressional candidate Jim Graves has been chosen to build a new hotel at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. – Minnesota Public Radio, March 2, 2015, Tim Nelson

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