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Food court remodel to launch at Sacramento International Airport

The Terminal A food court at Sacramento International Airport is poised for an upgrade meant to bring food service there up to the level of Terminal B, above, shown in 2011.
The Terminal A food court at Sacramento International Airport is poised for an upgrade meant to bring food service there up to the level of Terminal B, above, shown in 2011. rbenton@sacbee.com

Sacramento International Airport next week will launch a $5 million-plus “extreme makeover” of the food service and passenger waiting areas on the upper level of Terminal A, officials announced Tuesday.

Crews are expected to install construction barricades Monday just behind the security checkpoint to allow for the remodel, which includes three new locally based restaurants. Paesanos and Squeeze Inn are expected to be open sometime in the summer.

The third restaurant will be The Iron Horse Tavern, an airport version of the soon-to-open Sacramento eatery by the Wong family, which operates Cafeteria 15L downtown.

The Iron Horse Tavern will anchor the center – or Main Street – of the new interior, airport officials said.

In total, some 30,000 square feet of the 17-year-old terminal will be remodeled, with a contemporary, open marketplace feel. It will include kiosks with seasonal gifts and other retail items. Passenger areas will include bookstore-style comfy chairs and tables. Freshii, a lighter-fare restaurant, and another casual-dining bar and restaurant are expected to open in the fall. The Jet Box Market is closing.

Construction will not affect retail shops or other currently open restaurants in the terminal.

Officials said the project will allow them to bring a similar level of food and retail service to airlines and passengers in Terminal A as in Terminal B.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our passengers the same type of experience in Terminal A that they enjoy in Terminal B, complete with one-of-a-kind restaurants that give passengers a sense of place,” said John Wheat, director of airports for Sacramento County.

The airport is committing $2.5 million to the project but may spend more. SSP America, the private concessionaire contracting with the airport, is committing $3 million, airport officials said, but also may spend more.

A separate expansion of the Starbucks on the first floor of Terminal A, run by HMS Host, is expected to be completed at the same time.

About 35 percent of passengers at Sacramento International fly out of Terminal A, served by American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United Airlines and US Airways.

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