Metz Culinary Management, Inc. (Metz) has partnered with the Melbourne Orlando International Airport to create, design, build and manage premium new dining and gift concessions for the facility. The project represents a significant investment for the airport in enhancing its international terminal and showcasing UK-based TUI Airlines, which has located its U.S. hub at Melbourne.
The dining spots feature popular American cuisine with a creative twist, along with favorites likes burgers, flatbreads, salads and sandwiches. In addition, menu items often highlight local cuisine with offerings ranging from ribs with a guava barbecue sauce to pork nachos with house-made roasted pepper salsa.
The new dining outlets are The Tap Room/The Tap Room ToGo and Butcher Block-Food on the Fly while new retail concessions are Coastal News & Gifts and CorePlus Duty Free. Butcher Block is a sandwich and salad to-go concept located in an exposed brick and barn-chic design, with all menu items being Metz ‘Chef Fresh’ house-made sandwiches and salads. Boos brand butcher blocks are prominently displayed throughout the space.
In addition, the restaurants are slated to offer mobile ordering and kiosks so sandwiches and salads are prepared and ready for pick-up for the time-challenged traveler in the near future.
“Metz’s vision for The Tap Room and The Tap Room ToGo brings local culture and dining fare to airport guests in a brew-pub-meets-coastal concept,” observes Metz Vice President of Restaurant Operations Rick Sell. “Spotlighting unique beers from the very popular local Melbourne beer scene has proven extremely popular with travelers.”