Localizing Love Field's Food Options

Love Field is trying to soften the blow of travel delays, Southwest cattle calls and rubbery, sometimes inedible food by classing up the joint.

In the middle of its facelift , Love Field will add four new dining options known -- three that are native to Dallas. Campisi's Restaurant, serving pizza in Dallas since 1946, debuted at Love Field early last month. Jose L. Torres, spokesman for the Dallas Airport System, shared with City of Ate that Paciugo Gelato & Caffè, which has been offering Dallasites gelato since 2000, will open its Love Field location next week. And by the end of October, Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, which has been serving barbecue in Dallas since 1910, will open at the formerly called "Gate 9 food court," along with an updated and re-branded Pizza Hut and a bar.

A non-local newcomer, Starbucks Coffee, will also arrive at Love Field. According to Torres, a Starbucks kiosk opens this week, and a "complete Starbucks in-line unit should be open the first week in November."

Love Field's existing food and beverage concessionaire selected and proposed the four new brands. But Campisi's, Paciugo, Sonny Bryan's and Starbucks aren't guaranteed space in the airport's new terminal. They'll operate until the initial 12 gates in the new terminal open, which is planned for April 2013. After that each company "will have to propose like everyone else" for a more permanent spot in Love Field's new terminal.

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