Industry News | May 21, 2012
Boar's Head Cafe Newest Arrival for Pittsburgh Airport
Airmall USA, an airport concessions developer and operator of the Airmall at Pittsburgh International Airport, has opened the Boar's Head Cafe, a 2,600-plus square foot restaurant located on the Transit Level of the Landside Terminal.
"Boar's Head Cafe is the perfect option for those looking to kick off their travels with a fresh, quick, and healthy bite on the go," says Jay Kruisselbrink, vice president of development for Airmall Pittsburgh. "It is located landside before security, making it accessible to both travelers and those saying goodbye to loved ones at the airport."
Boar's Head Cafe serves quality deli meats and cheeses as well as fresh produce. Travelers looking for a lunch on the go can choose from a menu of deli favorites including freshly prepared salads, soups, panini, and classic deli sandwiches including turkey, ham, and tuna salad. The restaurant also offers options for travelers with early morning flights a variety of breakfast options, including breakfast sandwiches and wraps, as well as yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, and pastries.
Boar's Head Cafe joins several other units that have either recently opened or have signed a lease to open storefronts at the Airmall at PIT in 2012.
Earlier this year, Airmall announced that it would welcome Bar Symon to the concessions program, making it the first airport restaurant for celebrity Chef Michael Symon. Additionally, The Burgh Sportz Bar, a Pittsburgh-themed sports bar featuring Pittsburgh sports memorabilia that honor the legacy of the region's professional football, hockey, and baseball teams, announced it will open two locations at the Airmall at PIT. In March the Airmall opened Auntie Anne's and Cinnabon. Bruegger's Bagels is also slated to open in June 2012.
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Move Over 4-Leggers, 2-Leggers Coming In!
Just ran across some surprising breakfast info and thought it was worth sharing, then watching where it goes. Although McDonald’s has offered its Southern Style Chicken Biscuit on the breakfast menu for several years now, and of course, Chick-fil-A menus chicken at breakfast, it came as a surprise to this writer that both chicken and turkey have gained significant ground on the breakfast menu. It seemed worthy of further investigation.
It turns out that both turkey and chicken have been getting more popular as a component of the morning meal. In a report published earlier this year, Technomic found that 24% of consumers surveyed said they’ve been eating turkey at breakfast more often than they had two years before, while 11% had been eating more chicken.
I dug further. Technomic also found that 70% of those saying their poultry consumption had risen mentioned a desire to eat more healthfully was the motivator behind their choices.
Okay, so chicken or turkey in the morning. But where were these people getting their wake-up proteins? Were they all firing up their broilers in the morning? Seemed unlikely.
So were they were going to McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A? Could be, but I discovered there are many operators offering chicken or turkey items in the a.m., I just hadn’t had my radar tuned in right.
Some of the options hew closely to the classics, with bacon or sausage made from chicken or turkey:
- Energy Breakfast Sandwich (Energy Kitchen) uses five egg whites with low-fat American cheese and turkey bacon on a honey whole-wheat English muffin.
- Power Panini Thin with Chicken Apple Sausage (Corner Bakery) is made with scrambled eggs or egg whites, chicken apple sausage, and Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses on thinly sliced whole-grain harvest toast.
- Santa Fe Egg Wrap (Einstein Bros Bagels) includes eggs, turkey sausage with ancho lime salsa, jalapeño schmear and pepper jack cheese.
Others use the more familiar forms of the poultry:
- Power Wrap (First Watch) is made with fluffy egg whites, turkey, spinach, house-roasted crimini mushrooms and Swiss in a sun-dried tomato basil tortilla.
- 2 Egg & Cheddar Sandwich with Roasted Turkey (Au Bon Pain) has a self-explanatory name and is served on a choice of breads.
- Breakfast Burrito with Chicken (Qdoba) is a flour or whole-wheat tortilla filled with grilled chicken, eggs, potatoes, choice of sauces and salsas, and optional shredded cheese or sour cream.
Did you note something in common in all those descriptions? Each one of them includes eggs!
Now I know what you’re thinking: this is a blog for the American Egg Board, so of course those items all include eggs. But foodservice operators are pretty savvy about the American consumer and they don’t include eggs just for fun. Eggs are a tasty, nutrient dense protein and just happen to be delicious.
Oh, by the way, are there eggs on the breakfast sandwiches you normally order? Uh huh. I thought so.
For more, visit www.AEB.org