$95M Terminal B Redevelopment Nearly Complete; Tenant Line-Up Revealed
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
United Airlines recently unveiled the dining and retail line-up soon to be featured at the new Terminal B south concourse at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The $95 million south concourse redevelopment—expected to open in mid-April—is a new 225,000-square-foot facility designed to accommodate United Express regional flights. The new space, nearly four times the size of the former south concourse, will feature modern and expanded gate-lounge areas; 17 food, beverage and retail concessions; and a spacious central passenger lounge with expansive tarmac views.
The tenant list is led by two new celebrity-chef venues. First-time airport concession 3rd Bar Oyster & Eating House is the creation of Houston native and celebrated chef Bryan Caswell and noted food and beverage director Bill Floyd—whose Midtown restaurant Reef was named the No. 1 seafood restaurant in the United States by Bon Appetit magazine in 2008. Another airport first is The Fruteria, developed by San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez, whose passion for Mexican street food has already caught the attention of Travel & Leisure, Southern Living and Bravo’s Top Chef.
Other new airport concessions include Texas icon Whataburger; Bullrito’s, also a Texas native, which will feature fresh Tex-Mex; and Barcuterie, which will offer cured meats and classic cheeses in an energetic bar setting.
The retail component does not fall far behind, as it also includes a variety of shopping options, among them the iStore Boutique, the first airport retail concept authorized to sell Apple devices, as well as a Relay store and beauty brand The Body Shop. Brookstone will also be present on-site with a highly interactive store that will offer the latest business and technology gear, tablet accessories, checkpoint-friendly luggage, travel pillows and blankets, as well as gifts. Other well-known retail stores include Ice Currency Exchange, Johnston & Murphy, Natalie’s Candy Jar and Nuance Duty Free.
With 15,000 square feet of concessions, the new space is 500 percent larger than the concession space in the previous south concourse facility.
Responsible for leasing and managing the concessions, as well as the food and beverage operations in the Terminal B south concourse, is Westfield, the company that also manages the concessions for Terminal E at Bush Intercontinental Airport.