World-Class Shopping, Dining Touted at ... the Airport

New world-class retail shopping and dining options -- spiced with Houston’s local flavor -- now awaits customers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, officials say.

It marks the completion of a restaurant and retail program by the Houston Airport System, United Airlines, and dining and retail partners.

The multimillion-dollar project began with construction in 2015.

This effort began with  planning, research and passenger surveys that provided the blueprint for the final result — a makeover that produced 43 new and diverse retail shopping options, 30 restaurants recognized for their variety, global flavors, and more healthful choices, and nine new coffee shops.

The new program includes global brands such as Chanel, Hugo Boss, iStore Boutique, MAC, The Body Shop, TUMI and Hard Rock Café.

A number of Houston concepts are now a part of the expanded dining options. Among those are The Breakfast Klub, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard, Hugo’s Cocina, Café Adobe, Pink’s Pizza, and Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro.

United Airlines, in conjunction with concessionaire OTG, opened the C-North concourse in March. The new concourse features five local chef-driven restaurants, including Ember with menu by James Beard-award winning chef Chris Shepherd, and upscale retail brands such as Jo Malone and Swarovski.

Skytrax ranked Bush Airport No. 1 in North America for dining in the 2017 World Airport Awards Passenger Choice Survey results. Bush was rated No. 9 overall in the world for dining., a top travel industry website, ranked Bush Airport No. 5 overall in its 2017 Airport Dining Scorecard released in March--and tops among the top 20 most trafficked airports for vegetarian and vegan dining options.

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