Industry News | July 15, 2013
Atlanta Airport Gets a Lot Healthier with LottaFrutta Unit
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.
CI, which operates concessions throughout the airport and in eight airports across the U.S. and U.S. Virgin Islands, is working with the Atlanta airport officials to renovate the food court area of Concourse B.
Renovation will be completed in December 2013 and will contain 10 new restaurants, including seven Atlanta-based concepts. The restaurants will offer travelers a taste of the Atlanta area and supply demand for healthy and fresh food and beverage options.
"For many years, LottaFrutta has been one of Atlanta’s hidden—yet beloved—gems,” says CI chief executive Donata Russell Major. “Not only does the restaurant bring a sense of place to our home airport, but we couldn’t be more excited to introduce one of the first Latina-owned concepts to the 95 million travelers at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.”
LottaFrutta joins Fresh To Order (f2o), another Atlanta-based hot spot, in the renovated Concourse B terminal. Both concepts offer travelers a taste of the city and offer sought-after healthy, fresh fare.
The gourmet café will feature an assortment of fresh fare served up in its historic Old Fourth Ward traditional location, including signature fruit cups, salads, sandwiches, juices. and smoothies in a colorful, Pan-Latin–inspired atmosphere.
Even LottaFrutta’s traditional Mexican paletas (popsicles) and Ecuadorian helado (ice cream) will be among the offerings.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our little brand,” says LottaFrutta’s owner Myrna Perez-Cifuentes. “We are very much looking forward to extending our reach in the world’s busiest airport.”
Perez-Cifuentes established LottaFrutta in 2006 in honor of her Latin heritage. The menu’s blend of Pan-Latin flavors are inspired by memories and recipes shared by her Mexican, Central, and South American family and friends.
The airport LottaFrutta will be operated by a joint venture between CI and H&H Hospitality, an Atlanta ACDBE owned by Kevin Holt and Randy Hazelton, founders and former operators of Café Circa, also located in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. CI also recently opened an Einstein Bros. Bagels in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
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