Travel hospitality provider opens first franchise outside of Miami-Dade County of popular restaurant featuring healthy Mediterranean cuisine
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2009) - Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, one of the world’s leading airport food and retail providers, has opened a branch of the popular Mediterranean restaurant Pasha’s at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The airport Pasha’s location is the first outside of Miami-Dade County. The highly successful and popular restaurant currently has seven retail locations.

Conceived by two Harvard Business School students, Pasha’s has become a South Florida institution, beloved by visitors and locals alike for its delicious, healthy, all-natural Mediterranean cuisine. The chef-driven menu features signature items such as gourmet wraps, omelets, nut breads, soups, grilled kebabs, vegetarian options, salads, bakery items and homemade desserts.

In addition to in-seat dining, the airport Pasha’s features packaged grab-‘n’-go items for travelers’ convenience.

Bringing Pasha’s to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a prime example of Delaware North’s Gateway Concept, the company’s longtime strategy of bringing local and regional concepts to airports and other travel destinations.

"Delaware North is always seeking to incorporate into our operations the unique brands and dining experiences of the cities and regions where we do business,” said Matt King, president of the company’s Travel Hospitality Services division. “With its creative, healthy cuisine and fresh menu options, Pasha’s will help expand travelers’ options and perceptions about airport dining.”

"We are extremely excited about partnering with Delaware North, which is helping Pasha’s reach an even larger audience,” said Antonio Ellek, Pasha’s CEO and one of its founders. “As a leader in the hospitality industry, Delaware North’s knowledge and experience will help us grow.”

Brian Bowdish, local general manager for Delaware North, helped spearhead the effort to bring the popular eatery to the airport.

“We are continuously on the lookout for brands that reflect the true essence of our location,” Bowdish said. “We were aware of Pasha’s distinguished reputation and knew it would be an excellent addition to our offerings for travelers.”

The fast, casual eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is located in Terminal 1, Concourse B, serving passengers traveling with Southwest, Frontier and Midwest airlines. 

Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services operates all food and beverage operations in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for Broward County.
About Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is ranked 22nd in the United States and serves more than 22 million passengers annually. FLL offers 268 daily flights to the Unites States, Canada, Caribbean, and Latin America.

About Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services
Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, is one of the world’s leading airport food service and retail companies, operating 300 restaurants and retail outlets in more than 20 airports worldwide, and serving more than 350 million customers each year. Its award-winning operations include airports throughout the United States, such as Los Angeles International Airport and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, as well as international airports such as Melbourne International Airport in Australia and Gatwick International Airport in London.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.


Glen White
Director, Corporate Communications
Corporate, Gaming, Parks and Resorts
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
Lourdes Diaz
Rosalie Hagel
M. Silver Associates
(954) 765-3636
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