Detroit Airport Restaurants offer Great New Options

November 2, 2018  |   Story by Arthur Bridgeforth Jr.  |   Photos by Detroit Metro Airport

Hungry travelers have a variety of restaurant options at Detroit Metro Airport’s McNamara and North terminals to satisfy their appetites ranging from local favorites to national offerings.

Detroit Metro Airport is embarking on a $21 million renovation, its first major overhaul of concessions at the North Terminal since it opened in 2008, said Staci Saker, deputy director of concessions and quality assurance for Metro Airport.

Fifteen new Detroit airport restaurants will open in the North Terminal, making for an eclectic mix. Nearly half of those new restaurants are based in metro Detroit. All of this didn’t happen by accident.

“That’s intentional,” Saker said. “So, leading up to putting the bid on the street we took approximately four months to research.”

The seven Detroit area restaurants coming to the North Terminal are:

  • Detroit Street Café featuring Zingerman’s Coffee
  • Atwater Brewery
  • Anita’s Kitchen Lebanese Café
  • Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria
  • Common Grace Coffee Co.
  • Jolly Pumpkin Taphouse
  • National Coney Island
Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit Metro Airport

Jolly Pumpkin

In addition to the local offerings four national restaurants will join the line up:

  • Brioche Doree
  • Chick-Fil-a/Pei Wei Asian Diner
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Starbucks
Starbucks in Detroit Metro Airport North Terminal

Starbucks

The big news from the announcement: Air Margaritaville is coming to Detroit. It is an entirely new national concept launching its Midwest debut in The D. At Air Margaritaville, you can get on the Caribbean mindset before even stepping on the plane.

“There are only two Air Margaritaville locations currently in existence,” said Tanya Allen, a partner and vice president with DTW North. “One at Miami International Airport and the other at Montego Bay Airport in Jamaica. Detroit Metropolitan Airport would be the third airport to feature Air Margaritaville – and the first in the Midwest.”

Margaritaville is designed with island and aviation themes, Allen said. It features a 360-degree bar and a surfboard community table. It is the air travel arm of the Margaritaville brand that is inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett.

“We have one of the best airports in the country and we’re very excited to be a part of (and witnessing) Detroit’s comeback,” Allen said.

Allen’s feelings about Detroit Metro are support by a recent satisfaction study released by J.D. Power Associates.

In J.D. Power’s 2018 North American Airport Satisfaction Study, Detroit Metro was among the top five mega airports, ranking third. It finished behind Las Vegas’ McCarren International Airport and Orlando International Airport which tied for first in the study.

The study measures six key areas among them: terminal facilities and food, beverage and retail. Whether your passing through Detroit, arrived early to the airport, or if you’re flight is delayed, DTW’s food and beverage options will make the most of your time at the airport.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Detroit Metro Airport
    2500 World Gateway Place, I-94 at Merriman Road, Detroit, MI 48242734-AIR-PORT (24Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Atwater Brewery
    237 Joseph Campau St., Detroit, MI 48207313-877-9205Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Jolly Pumpkin
    441 W. Canfield St., Ste. 9, Detroit, MI 48202313-262-6115Highlight on map | More Details