Vantage Airport Group, the Canadian firm selected Thursday by Kansas City to operate restaurants, bars and stores at the new $1.5 billion airport terminal, says it plans a mix of local and national brands.
For example, the company envisions organizing the terminal by neighborhoods. One area would include businesses from the City Market, while others would include brands inspired by Brookside and the Stockyards District.
In its presentation, Vantage shared a 51-page slideshow that identified many of the local names it plans to feature. While it publicly unveiled the brands, the company cautioned that individual projects are still subject to final negotiation.
But here’s what we know for now about who they want to see in the new terminal:
The American Royal got its start in 1899 as the National Hereford Show. Over its history, it was known for horse shows and rodeos, the nonprofit is now best known for its American Royal World Series of Barbecue. The Royal will be involved in two barbecue concepts at the airport.
Auntie Anne’s, a well-known chain, will be operated by Stephanie Tripp, a Missouri franchisee of the national pretzel company that is well represented at malls and airports.
Bo Lings Chinese Restaurant. The family owned restaurant started in Overland Park in 1981 and now has six locations across the metro.
Bloom Baking Co., the City Market bakery specializing in artisan breads, European style pastries and savory breakfasts and lunches.
Brown & Loe, an upscale restaurant in the City Market known for American fare.
Buffalo State Pizza Co., a Crossroads restaurant offering old-school New York-style pizza.
Charlie Hustle, the vintage T-shirt maker that celebrates all things Kansas City.
Chick-fil-A, the national fried chicken brand based in the Atlanta area.
Christopher Elbow Chocolates, the Kansas City-based chocolatier that offers handcrafted bonbons using top-quality ingredients.
Cinnabon, the airport and mall staple known for its decadent cinnamon rolls.
City Market Coffee Roasters, a staple coffee joint at Kansas City’s City Market for more than 25 years.
Dunkin’, the Boston-based chain known for doughnuts and coffee
Grapes & Grains, a bar featuring Missouri artisan wines & spirits.
Guy’s Deli & Bar, a concept inspired by the regional Guy’s potato chips brand
The Kansas City Call, a weekly newspaper founded in 1919 that covers Kansas City’s Black community. The proposal shows The Call’s name and logo on an airport convenience store.
Made in KC Marketplace, with several locations throughout the metro, features locally made products.
Martin City Brewing Co., started in south Kansas City. It later added brewery and restaurant locations in Lee’s Summit and Overland Park.
Mother Earth Coffee, a local coffee spot specializing in fair trade and organic beans with a location in midtown, Lawrence and other markets.
Old World Spices & Seasonings Inc., Overland Park-based manufacturer of gourmet food products and seasonings. The family owned business was founded in 1988.
Parisi Coffee, Kansas City coffee roasters with cafes in Union Station and Overland Park. (It is a sister company of Mother Earth Coffee, with both owned by Paris Brothers Inc.)
The Pitch, Kansas City’s alternative newspaper that was founded in 1980 in the basement of a Westport record shop.
Poio, a Mexican barbecue in Kansas City, Kansas, offering chicken, ribs, jackfruit, fried rice and more.
Safi Fresh, a new healthy restaurant concept from LaRonda LaNear, owner of We Got It Covered Catering
Stockyards Brewing Co., which opened in 2016 in Kansas City’s Stockyards District will have a bar at the airport’s barbecue restaurant, which is being completed in partnership with the American Royal and Old World Spices.
Taste of Brazil, Brazilian restaurant and bar in the City Market.
Tay’s Burger Shack built a cult following since opening in North Kansas City in late 2014. expanded with a south Overland Park restaurant with drive-thru just before the pandemic. Buns are made fresh daily, fries are hand-cut. No freezers or microwaves.
Urban Cafe, family owned restaurant on Troost Avenue offering organic, seasonal and healthy cuisine with many ingredients from local farmers