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Shake Shack, Wow Bao, other eateries coming to Cleveland Hopkins airport

August 22, 2018

Shake Shack, Wow Bao, other eateries coming to Cleveland Hopkins airport

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Shake Shack, the well-known New York City-based burger chain, will open at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this winter, along with several other new eateries.

The new Shake Shack will be the second to open in less than a year in Greater Cleveland, which welcomed its first outpost of the fast-growing eatery at the new Pinecrest development in Orange in June.

Also opening this winter at the airport:

* Wow Bao, based in Chicago, which specializes in hot Asian steamed buns, potstickers, noodle bowls and more.

* 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen, a Los Angeles-based restaurant that serves wood-fired pizzas and rotisserie meats.

* Cantina Taqueria and Tequila Bar, featuring upscale Mexican-style street food and a “vast selection” of tequilas.

In addition to the new restaurants, an old favorite -- Panini’s Bar and Grill – will return to the airport in November.

Shake Shack will be located in the main terminal’s food-court area; 800 Degree Woodfired Kitchen in Concourse A, between gates A1 and A3; Wow Bao is going between gates C7 and C9 in Concourse C; and Cantina Taqueria will be in Concourse C’s banjo area.

Wow Bao and 800 Degree Woodfired Kitchen are going into newly developed spaces; Cantina Taqueria and Shake Shack will replace existing restaurants, though Tina LaForte, vice president for Fraport Cleveland wouldn’t say which concessions were leaving.

The new dining options are a result of a new partnership between Fraport USA, which manages the concessions at Cleveland Hopkins, and Skyport Hospitality, known for its award-winning dining locations at Denver International Airport.

“We share Skyport’s mission to elevate what it means to eat and drink at an airport,” said LaForte. “Through our partnership and with these new establishments, we are aiming to deliver that and more to serve the airport’s growing passenger base.”

She added: “We’ve been looking for a strong burger concept. It’s great to get such a well-known name.”

Said Michael Kark, vice president of global licensing for Shake Shack: “We’ve been welcomed so warmly since we opened our very first Ohio Shack earlier this year in Pinecrest. We are excited to journey to the West Side and to share Shake Shack with even more Clevelanders, whether they’re just starting their journey or heading home to Cleveland.”

A more specific timetable for the restaurants’ opening dates should be available this fall, according to a Fraport spokeswoman.

Separate from the Skyport announcement, LaPorte also revealed that Panini’s Bar and Grill, the popular Cleveland-based sandwich chain, would return to the airport. The new Panini’s should open later this year in Concourse A, in the location formerly occupied by Winners Sports Bar and Grill, which closed this month.

Panini’s previously occupied a space in Concourse C, which was taken over by Bar Symon in spring 2017.

And one more dining addition: Embers, which LaPorte described as an open-air bar serving appetizers and small plates, will open in November at the entrance to Concourse B.

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