Concessions at Philadelphia and Houston airports getting an overhaul

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Rendering of the Texas Tavern restaurant to be built by OTG at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Rendering of the Texas Tavern restaurant to be built by OTG at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The innovative airport concessionaire OTG will team up with American Airlines for renovations within Philadelphia International Airport and with United for renovations within Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. 

Philadelphia International and American said that OTG will head a $30 million transformation of the airport’s Terminal B. The project will encompass 15 gates and will include the installation of more than 1,000 iPads in restaurants and gate areas. Eight restaurants, all affiliated with local chefs, will be added as part of the project.

Work is expected to be complete in 18 to 24 months, but in the meantime, passengers will see experience temporary, pop-up restaurants.

The Philadelphia announcement came less than a week after United and OTG said they would collaborate at Bush Intercontinental. OTG will oversee food, beverage and retail operations at Terminal B South and Terminal C of the Houston airport.

Bigger changes will come with the opening of United’s new Terminal C North Concourse scheduled for early 2017. Local chefs will be involved in the five restaurants that will be part of the new concourse. Nearly 8,000 iPads will be deployed throughout the areas of Bush Intercontinental that OTG will be overseeing.

OTG has redone a portion of the food and dining experience at 10 airports in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s projects are known for their modern designs, as well as for their locally driven restaurants.

In its recent projects, OTG has also deployed iPads in restaurants and in gate areas. The devices serve as a replacement for wait staff and allow passengers to place food orders in gate areas. Passengers can also use the gate-area iPads to check flight information, surf the internet or play games at no charge.

OTG’s biggest project to date is the ongoing $120 million revamp of United’s Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport.

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