Airport to get new eateries

Last week, Sacramento International Airport launched a $3 million renovation of the Terminal A food court, which will include a handful of new eateries upon completion. These include two national chains (Freshii and Urban Crave), three local chains (Paesanos, The Squeeze Inn and a yet-to-be-announced—but definitely local—business) and coffee spot, Peet’s Coffee and Tea. One possibility for still unannounced local eatery could be one of the businesses in Mason Wong’s restaurant group (Cafeteria 15L, Ma Jong’s Asian Diner, The Park Ultra Lounge and Gogi’s Korean BBQ; he also owns Firestone Public House with the de Vere White family). A deal has yet to be finalized, but Sacramento County spokesperson Laurie Slothower says that negotiations with the Wong family are still ongoing.

Construction is expected to be finished by spring 2015, but in the meantime, “interim” food and beverage concessions will be available first, Slothower said. These include True Burger (rendering pictured above), Mia Mozzarella, Rebar and the Sacramento Sports Bar. Jet Box and Peet’s Coffee and Tea will also go into the terminal, and will stay.

Terminal B is already loaded with some pretty solid Sacto eats. About two weeks ago, I flew from Terminal B to John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Options in that terminal included Cafeteria 15L, Dos Coyotes and Jacks’ Urban Eats (I settled on a pretty good breakfast burrito from Dos Coyotes).

Then, the first thing I saw when I landed in Orange County was the following neon sign.

Kind of gross, right? But it got me thinking: What if Sacramento had one of these signs (and corresponding restaurant)? What should it be? Cafeteria 15L? Jimboy’s? Maybe something else?

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