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Restaurants, shops come to the new terminal of KCI Airport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dozens of restaurants and shops are coming to the new terminal at Kansas City International Airport.

On Monday, Kansas City aviation leaders released a list and map of what travelers can expect when the terminal opens in March 2023.

The Kansas City Aviation Department shared over 30 new restaurants and 15 retail options. Many are local favorites; In fact, officials said that 80% of the vendors are based in the KC area. But there are also some national chains.

The Aviation Department said the new terminal is 90% complete and is still on time and on budget for a March 2023 opening.

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Before travelers go through security, travelers will find the first of two Dunkin’ locations in the new terminal. The other is located after security on the south side of Concourse A.

For others looking for a caffeine hit, there are several Kansas City-area stores throughout the terminal, including Parisi Coffee, Messenger Coffee Co., and City Market Coffee Roasters.

Hall A features a Made In Kansas City food hall, home to Bloom Baking Co., Jay “Hootie” McShann’s Blues Bar, Pigwich, and Poio.

Local restaurants like Soiree Steak and Oyster House, Urban Cafe, Martin City Brewing and more also offer sports in Concourse A.

Dining, Retailing in KCI’s New Terminal (Photo courtesy of Kansas City Department of Aviation)

Over at Concourse B, travelers will find even more Kansas City favorites. There will be a City Market Food Hall featuring Bo Lings, Boulevard Brewing, Buffalo State Pizza Co., Taste of Brazil and another Pigwich location.

The remainder of the second hall features local restaurants such as Brown & Loe, Stockyard Brewing Guys Pub & Deli and more.

Chain restaurants such as Smoothie King, Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon will also be located throughout the new terminal.

Grill?

So how about a BBQ in Kansas City? Two local restaurants have secured seats in the new terminal.

Meat Mitch, which has just opened its first location in Leawood, will be located on Concourse A. The find has spent over two decades in the barbecue competition and has won numerous awards.

In Concourse B, local team Black Magic will occupy the Made for KC Barbecue Experience after winning the inaugural Made for KC BBQ Championship. KCI’s concessions company plans to hold the competition to nominate a different grill team each year.

Shopping

If you need to pick up a Kansas City souvenir, magazine or travel pillow for your flight, there are over a dozen retail outlets in the new terminal.

In Hall A, travelers will find a Made in Kansas City Marketplace featuring local goods, gifts, clothing and more. There will also be an 18th and Vine Market and a LEGO Store in the hall, among other things.

Over in Concourse B, two popular neighborhoods will have retail locations. The city market will have a location near its food hall and cafe; Brookside Local will also occupy a space with the popular KC community.

In Arrivals, travelers will find two shops and a coffee shop – &GO, Swyft Automated Retail and Mother Earth Coffee – before exploring Kansas City.

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