Dining legend brings iconic menu and its Almost Famous experience to airport diners
PITTSBURGH – Travelers looking for a taste of Pittsburgh can now experience the legendary Primanti Bros. at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar opens today at the airport, bringing its iconic menu to airport travelers for the first time. The restaurant is known for piling fresh-cut fries and coleslaw on sandwiches – a practice it started in the ‘30s for hungry truckers on the go.
“Nothing says welcome to Pittsburgh quite like Primanti Bros.,” said Eric Sprys, Chief Commercial Officer, Allegheny County Airport Authority. “Sense of place is important and we will continue to focus on bringing more of Pittsburgh’s restaurants into the terminal. When you land, it should feel like a part of Pittsburgh.”
Primanti Bros.’ new 2,700-square-foot outpost in the Center Core is an offshoot of its original location in the Strip District, down to décor that celebrates its hometown roots. A colorful hand-painted mural by local artist Dave Klug features Steel City legends, ranging from industry titans and sports greats to Mister Rogers.
Open morning to night, Primanti Bros. also brings new offerings for travelers – including, for the first time, breakfast. The brand new breakfast menu features a variety of over-the-top breakfast sandwiches – served Primanti-style with fries and slaw, of course, plus Breakfast Plates and a la carte items. Classic Almost Famous Sandwiches, Tall Boys and Signature Handhelds along with appetizers, fries, soups and salads round out the main menu.
“We take the passion for Pittsburgh very seriously – and we’re excited to share the Primanti Bros. experience with all the travelers coming through Pittsburgh International,” said David Head. “The experience, the food, the tall beers – everything you get here will be just like the experience we offer at all Primanti Bros. locations.”
The restaurant is set up to accommodate more than 100 customers at a time and is engineered to ensure travelers are able to enter and leave quickly if they need – or to hang and have a beer if they’re killing time prior to a flight. The full bar will offer a wide selection of beer, cocktails and wine.
“Starting today, travelers can enjoy Primanti Bros. right here at the airport,” says Ben Zandi, president and CEO of Fraport USA. “We’re honored to bring more of our region’s food and culture into the terminal with this dining legend. It doesn’t get any more Pittsburgh than Primanti Bros.”
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About Allegheny County Airport Authority
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader. Its 2018 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at www.flypittsburgh.com/AR18.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 9.5 million passengers annually on 17 carriers. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure and J.D. Power have again named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2018.
About Primanti Brothers
In 1933, Joe Primanti opened a lunch cart in Pittsburgh’s Strip District selling sandwiches to the hungry truckers who were coming and going at all times of the night. Encouraged by sales and positive feedback, Joe expanded to a small storefront where he was joined by his brothers Dick and Stanley and their nephew John DePriter. And that’s how the very first Primanti Bros. location was born – Primanti Bros. currently has 45 locations, all dedicated to that early notion that folks deserve great food, with no pretense, for a good price.
About Fraport USA®
Fraport USA is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Nashville International Airport. A leading airport concessions model in North America, Fraport USA projects rank among the highest for per-passenger spending and consistently receive accolades for innovation and customer service. For information, visit fraport-usa.com. Fraport USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, the global airport company based in Frankfurt, Germany. For information about Fraport AG, visit fraport.com.