Saturday, February 14, 2015

James Beard and Iron Chef Winner Michael Symon Opens Bar Symon in Dulles AP

Iron Chef winner Michael Symon

From our friends at Concessions International...

Concessions International Opening Bar Symon in Dulles International Airport

Bistro is the creation of James Beard Award and Iron Chef winner Michael Symon

Leading U.S. concessionaire Concessions International (CI) announces the opening of Bar Symon in Dulles International Airport. The bistro-style restaurant is located in Terminal D near gate 16. The airport location is a joint venture between CI and Cleveland-based United Concessions Group (UCG) an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) owned by Hayat Rababy. This will be CI and UCG’s first partnership.

Bar Symon is the brainchild of famed James Beard award winning Iron Chef Michael Symon, and was created specifically for airports by combining Chef Symon’s experience operating award winning restaurants and his frustrations with quality food options while traveling Vice President of UCG, Ben Rababy, met Chef Symon years ago and convinced him to open the first Bar Symon airport location in Pittsburgh International Airport, which remains in operation today.

“Bar Symon is a great American bistro for airport guests looking for something different than your typical bar and grill,” says Donata Russell Major, CI’s Chief Executive Officer. “Chef Symon has become a household name across the country and many diners will jump at the chance to try his unique menu items.”

Bar Symon’s menu features new and traditional American cuisine with an emphasis on comfort food. Guests can choose from a selection of burgers and sandwiches, as well as Greek and Italian entrees inspired by Chef Symon’s heritage. Menu items include a Pulled Pork Breakfast Burrito (Scrambled eggs with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, cilantro leaves, scallions, red hot sauce & rosemary home fries) their flagship Lola Burger (Pat LeFreida proprietary blend patty with a fried egg, pickled onions, thick-cut bacon, cheddar cheese served on a challah bun), and Lola fries sprinkled with Kosher salt and fresh rosemary. Guests will be able to wash all this delicious food down with a house made Bar Symon Bloody Mary or pick from a large assortment of local and regional craft beers.

This will be one of the first restaurant openings for CI in 2015. The concessionaire also plans to open a DC Craft and Chef Geoff’s location in Dulles International Airport and a Taylor Gourmet Deli in Reagan National Airport early this year.

About Concessions International, LLC:
Atlanta-based Concessions International, LLC, founded in 1978, is a dynamic food and beverage concessionaire with operations in eight airports. The company's portfolio includes franchised, licensed and proprietary concepts, including casual dining, quick service, snack, deli and bar and grill. The company is a franchisee of major national brands including Fresh to Order, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. CI operates Pemberton Café at the World of Coca Cola, and Paschal's Restaurant in the historic Castleberry district of downtown Atlanta. Visit for more information.

About Bar Symon:
Chef Michael Symon and UCG collaborated to create this innovative brand specifically as a true respite from the hustle and bustle of a busy airport. With fresh high-quality food sourced locally to bring “farm to terminal” cuisine to the airport, Bar Symon seamlessly integrates various time-tested menus choices from the Iron Chef’s multiple restaurants; from fine dining to casual burger, and adjusts them for airports without sacrificing freshness, quality and taste. Bar Symon is committed to operating an environmentally sustainable establishment in airports and proudly serves naturally raised and responsibly farmed food with many made from scratch local ingredients, materials and vendors. United Concessions Group currently holds the exclusive rights to the Bar Symon brand in airports.  UCG was founded in in 1982 and has grown to be a premier operator of great brands in airports. For more information visit