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Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams Coming To LAX

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today unveiled a lineup of high-end restaurant and retail tenants at the soon-to-open, expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, including dining spots by well-known chefs and a caviar and champagne bar.

The 60 new concessionaires are part of a $1.5 billion effort to expand and modernize the 1980's-era international terminal and to give the space a Los
Angeles flavor.

The new tenants, including 22 local restaurants and retailers, were
selected by Australia-based real estate and mall developer Westfield Group.

"We're investing in LAX because it isn't just a travel hub. It's the gateway to the Pacific Rim and a central driver of our regional economy," said Villaraigosa, who said he had long been embarrassed by the state of the old airport terminal.

"Westfield's development in the new Tom Bradley International Terminal will showcase L.A.'s distinct style and spirit, keep LAX competitive in the global market, increase international tourism, and put Angelenos to work now and for years to come," he said.

Westfield and the new tenants are required under contract to invest $82 million to develop the new dining and retail program at the Tom Bradley Terminal, the first phase of which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013.

Among the L.A.-based restaurants and cafes announced for the new terminal are eating spots by the chefs of "Too Hot Tamales" fame, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, and "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio, an 800 Degrees Pizzeria, Umami Burger and two sushi spots featuring fish air-shipped from Tokyo -- Chaya and Lucky Fish by Sushi Roku.

Travelers will be able to indulge in luxury delicacies and fine wines at Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar; grab gourmet sandwiches, charcuterie and artisanal cheese from Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's Larder at Tavern; and have a cup of coffee during the day or a glass of wine or beer in the evening at one of the first Starbucks Evenings in the country.

Retailers include Bvlgari, Emporio Armani, Coach and Victoria's Secret stores, and Hugo Boss, Fred Segal, Michael Kors and Kitson boutiques.

The expanded concessions at the terminal will support about 1,700 jobs, according to the mayor's office.

Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey hailed the announcement, calling it a transformation reflective of a world-class city.

"A major focus of our customer service improvements is to create a cohesive, memorable and high-quality dining and shopping experience with a variety of new and innovative options that offer a `sense of place' reflecting the culture, cuisine and trends of Los Angeles," Lindsey said.

A second phase that includes opening new airline gates capable of handling the new Airbus A380 super jumbo jet, Boeing 747-8 intercontinental jumbo jet and Boeing 787 Dreamliner is expected to be finished in 2014.

LAWA's board approved the 17-year, $331 million contract with Westfield in January. The contract requires Westfield to monitor the restaurants, stores and other vendors for quality, service and financial performance.

The Westfield contract marks a break from the model of leasing directly with restaurants and retailers. Westfield will manage its concessionaires more like a mall. The company was also awarded concessions management at LAX Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6 and the Theme Building.

"We are deploying global resources and development expertise to deliver an iconic, world-class airport experience at LAX and welcome the opportunity to be part of such a talented and determined team," said Peter S. Lowy, co-chief executive of the Westfield Group, which has its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles.

The Airport Commission awarded concessions contracts for terminals 4, 7 and 8 last May. Host International will provide concessions in terminal 4, with outlets including Campanile, Cole's, 8 oz. Burger Bar, L.A. Gourmet Street Truck, La Provence Patisserie & Cafe, Real Food Daily and Starbucks.

CMS/Camacho Ventures, which manages eateries such as Seven Grand, BLD, Loteria Grill, Marmalade Cafe, The Counter, Yogurtland and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, will manage terminals 7 and 8.

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