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Old May 6, 11, 11:38 am   #1
 
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LAX Terminal 4 getting better food options

Might be slightly OT, but since it pertains to AA's T4 at LAX, I've decided to post here.

For those who don't know, LAX is undergoing major renovation and improvements for the past several years. One of them includes improving airside concession offerings.

For T4, they plan to move the Starbucks downstairs to the carousel area, get rid of Burger King and Chilis Too with new restaurants.

You can review LAX's Terminals 4, 5, 7, 8 Concessions here:
http://www.lawa.org/uploadedFiles/bo...,%207,%208.pdf

Now if they can just open up those airside halls to other terminals to see restaurants over on DL and UA's terminals...
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Looks like some good new choices.
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Now if they can just open up those airside halls to other terminals to see restaurants over on DL and UA's terminals...
AA wants to open the tunnel but Delta refuses. That's where things stand now. It has nothing to do with the TSA.
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AA wants to open the tunnel but Delta refuses. That's where things stand now. It has nothing to do with the TSA.
Why does AA want to open it in the first place? And why would DL care?
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Looks like the food at T4 is going from bad to worse. None of these joints look like fast-food places to me. Sure, fast food gets a bad rap, but fast food has one advantage--it's fast.

When I'm in a hurry, I trust Burger King because at least it's a hot meal I can get thrown in a bag and be running to my gate in under 5 mins. It looks like all the options will be either slow (wood fired pizza) or cold (sandwich joints). Now, I like to eat healthy, but it seems to me that at least one of the options ought to be of the "crowd pleasing fast food" variety.
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Old May 6, 11, 1:37 pm   #6
 
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I like the Burger King too... now I'm afraid there will be a lack of quick and lower priced food.
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Where's Starbuck?

So no Starbucks airside? Or am I missing something? Because the Starbucks by BK was always very busy . . .
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I like the Burger King too... now I'm afraid there will be a lack of quick and lower priced food.
Must be my timing. I've never seen that BK without a line so long that getting through it invalidates any concept of "fast" food.
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About time they did something about the food selection in T-4
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Old May 6, 11, 2:26 pm   #10
 
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OMG, Campinile, la provance, 8oz burger bar!!!

T4 is turning into SFO int'l terminal where they have some of the City's best food in the airports!!!

totally excited for this!
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Old May 6, 11, 2:33 pm   #11
 
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This sounds interesting. T4 has always been stagnant. Finally something happening over there.

Do the airlines have anything to do with the food choices in the terminal? Is that why DL would even care about opening up the terminal to non-DL pax? Is it because they worked hard for those restaurants and don't want AA pax to reap the benefits? Do they even have better food?
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Old May 6, 11, 2:36 pm   #12
 
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Results of the new master contract

LAWA put the master concessions contract up for bid when it expired with the goal of bringing some local restaurants into the airport. It is producing some results at last. All of the other terminals should see better food options as well.
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When I'm in a hurry, I trust Burger King because at least it's a hot meal I can get thrown in a bag and be running to my gate in under 5 mins. It looks like all the options will be either slow (wood fired pizza) or cold (sandwich joints). Now, I like to eat healthy, but it seems to me that at least one of the options ought to be of the "crowd pleasing fast food" variety.
Well, IIRC, the deli at the gate 40 end of T4 will heat up any "cold" sandwich I want and let me pay for it in way under 5 minutes typicaly (of course, like anywhere, it depends on the line). So I can have healthy, hot, and fast, all at the same time.

Meanwhile, how slow wood fired pizza is depends on whether it's made to order or not. Over in T1, CPK runs a very efficient and flexible pizza operation, where if you want a pizza that isn't ready or in process, you can get any pizza in about 10 minutes, but they tend to have a reasonable supply of "just made" pizzas always waiting (or a minute or two away) for those customers who'd rather have it fast than to-spec.

Does Sammy's Woodfired Pizza have an existing airport concession somewhere else (that we could use to see whether they'll do this as well for cusotmers in need of food fast as CPK in T1 does)?
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does someone have the map for TBIT or T1-T3?

the UA terminal is getting a yogurtland and seven... nice!
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So no Starbucks airside? Or am I missing something? Because the Starbucks by BK was always very busy . . .
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In every terminal I normally go through (4, 6, 7, 8) starbucks is very busy every morning. Moving one outside would make no sense at all - "better" food is not gonna replace a cup of coffee...

Actually it looks even worse - starbucks are gone from other terminal being replaced with coffee bean. Ouch!
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