Philadelphia airport's Terminal B gets OTG's iPad restaurants

Baba Bar is a new Mediterranean bar and gril at Philadelphia's airport.
Baba Bar is a new Mediterranean bar and gril at Philadelphia's airport.

Philadelphia's airport formally rolled out its revamped Terminal B at a grand opening ceremony Monday.

The innovative airport concessionaire OTG led the $30 million project, which the airport undertook in conjunction with American Airlines. The project encompassed 15 gates and involved the installation of more than 1,000 iPads in restaurants and gate areas, which airport customers can use to order food, browse the internet and play games.

Six of the eight new restaurants that are to be part of the terminal project are already open, with two more openings scheduled by March.

"When I got into this business, I always looked forward to the day I could come back to reinvent my hometown airport at this scale," OTG CEO Rick Blatstein said in prepared remarks. "Today, that dream becomes a reality."

Already open in the renovated Terminal B are the French-inspired bakery Boule Cafe, Mediterranean mezze concept Baba Bar, Italian eatery CIBO Bistro & Wine Bar, beer and bratwurst concept Germantown Biergarten, Philadelphia-themed LOVE Grille and pizzeria Mezzogiorno. The steakhouse Independence Prime is scheduled to open Nov. 17 and sushi restaurant Noobar is slated for a March opening.

OTG's projects are known for their modern designs and locally driven restaurants. Its biggest project to date is a $120 million revamp of United's Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport.

Philadelphia's Terminal B had remained open during the redesign.


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