Delaware North’s travel division this month formally celebrated its recent transformation of Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Southern California with a refreshed dining program that boasts an array of globally recognized brands as well as proprietary restaurant concepts.
The festive post-opening celebration — which included menu tastings and a raucous bar christening by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock group KISS — is the culmination of a $6 million upgrade of ONT’s food and beverage concessions with high-profile and popular brands including Einstein Bros bagels, Rock & Brews restaurant, Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Wolfgang Puck’s WPizza. Simmons and Stanley are co-founders of Rock & Brews.
“We know these new dining options at ONT will resonate with guests because they offer both a taste of Southern California and globally recognized brands that travelers love,” said Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North’s travel division. “Whether it’s enjoying a fresh taco at Wahoo’s Fish Taco, or taking in the exciting atmosphere of Rock & Brews, there is something for everyone.”
The new eateries have opened for business on a staggered basis since April. Cross Grain Brewhouse and Harvest & Grounds were the latest additions to begin service in July.
“Since the transition to local control less than two years ago, we have worked tirelessly to develop Ontario International Airport into Southern California’s newest aviation gateway, and we have achieved much success in a short time,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the OIAA. “Month after month, passengers are choosing Ontario in increasing numbers, and it is critical that we offer high-quality food and beverage options that help to create airport experiences.
“Working in collaboration with our concessionaire, Delaware North, we can deliver a dining experience that meets our customers’ expectations with well-known, successful brands offering a wide variety of delicious menu items,” Wapner added.
PHOTO CAPTION: Rock and roll legends Paul Stanley (at the podium) and Gene Simmons (right of Stanley) of the rock group KISS help celebrate the opening of Rock & Brews Restaurant at Ontario
International Airport. The restaurant is one of several to be introduced to the airport by Delaware North as part of a $6 million upgrade to the food and beverage program.