Detroit Metro Airport Celebrates St. Patty’s Day with a Bit of Blarney …

New Irish Pub opens at McNamara Terminal’s newly expanded Concourse B

DETROIT, March 15 /PRNewswire/ — Travelers flying out of Detroit Metro Airport’s McNamara Terminal this St. Patrick’s Day can literally get into the holiday spirit at a new Irish restaurant and bar, located in the newly expanded McNamara Terminal Concourse B. Thee Irish Pub, a Guinness branded restaurant/pub, operated by CA One Services, opened on February 26th and features a full menu with everything from authentic homemade “Salt ‘n Malt” potato chips to the pub’s “House Special” Corned Beef on Pumpernickel Rye sandwiches. Early morning travelers can also catch breakfast with offerings such as corned beef hash with scrambled eggs or even a bowl of “Lucky Charms”!

“As a major international connecting hub, the McNamara Terminal serves passengers from all over the world,” said airport Director of Concessions and Quality Assurance Myrna Mendez. “We strive to make our Concessions program equally as diverse, and provide variety and choices for all tastes.”

Passengers at the McNamara Terminal can already choose from a variety of international restaurants, from Japanese cuisine and sushi, to Mexican, Middle Eastern … and now Irish fare.

Of course, no Irish meal would be the same without a pint of Guinness, or a traveler’s favorite brew to wash everything down. The airport’s Irish pub celebrates one of Ireland’s (and the world’s) most recognized beers, that dark, rich stout from Dublin’s James Street brewery. With dark wood detailing, rich interior decor and large-scale graphics highlighting the Guinness brand, the pub’s design brings the old world charm and tradition of an Irish pub to a new modern airport facility.

Thee Irish Pub is located next to gate B7 in the McNamara Terminal’s newly expanded Concourse B. Concourse B serves many of the Northwest Airlink and Continental flights, and will soon be the new home of Delta Airlines, when they move from the Smith Terminal later this month.

“We’re sure Thee Irish Pub will be a popular venue for travelers arriving on those carriers or connecting within the McNamara Terminal,” said Mendez. “The food is great, the service is spectacular, and the cozy, laidback atmosphere is a perfect fit for the busy airport environment.”

Thee Irish Pub operator, CA One Services, also recently opened a new Coffee Beanery and Marketplace area in the McNamara Terminal’s new B- expansion. CA One operates several of the retail stores located in the McNamara Terminal; Thee Irish Pub and Coffee Beanery are the company’s first food and beverage concepts to open at the airport.

Thee Irish Pub becomes the 41st Food & Beverage concessions concept to open at Detroit’s McNamara Terminal, since its opening in 2002. With over 80 shops and restaurants, the terminal’s award winning airport concessions program is one of the largest and most diverse in the country.

CA One Services, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected airport hospitality companies, operating 300 restaurants and retail outlets in 25 airports across the United States, and serving more than 350 million customers each year. Its innovative Gateway Approach changed the face of America’s airports by infusing them with the flavors, culture and traditions of the regions they serve. The “Uncommon Courtesy” customer service training program ensures that all CA One associates follow the company’s vision of “Providing Care and Comfort to People Away from Home(R).”

Facts-at-a-Glance …

* Guinness was born nearly 250 years ago, when a young man named Arthur Guinness rode through the gate of an old dilapidated brewery on a small strip of land on Dublin’s James Street. He had just signed a lease on the property for 9000 years and had a dream of brewing a new and special beverage. Arthur’s brewery is still there today, and is one of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions.

* Around 10 million glasses of Guinness stout are enjoyed around the world every day.

* In 1991 the brewers of Guinness stout won the queen’s award for technological achievement for developing the “widget” which enabled Guinness draught to become the first ever draught beer available in a can. (A widget is a plastic molded device which releases a little beer and nitrogen)

* Based on the 2000 census, over 90 million U.S. citizens lay claim to some degree of Irish heritage.

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