Anyone who's been to BNA recently has seen how much construction is going on both inside and outside the airport. As the airport expands into more of an international hub, the concessions and food options inside are among the biggest overhauls coming.
#Nashville International Airport is planning to overhaul its concessions in a move that could mean the exit of popular local businesses such as Noshville deli and Parnassus Books. But the very presence of those local restaurants and shops, including Swett's, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Blue Coast Burrito and Whitt's Barbecue, is a point of contention. Airport officials argue that those restaurants are operating at @flynashville in name only. The local businesses sign licensing deals with large concessions corporations and then partner to cultivate the decor and, in the case of restaurants, food menu. But any change to the concessions won't come easily. Prominent business owners, the leading concessions companies and their powerful city hall lobbyists have made their opposition clear. At stake, stakeholders say, are the vibe, food offerings and quality of customer service at the airport, along with tens of millions of dollars annually. For more on this story, click the link in bio. Photos renderings submitted.
For years, travelers to Nashville have been greeted by some of Nashville's most famous brands - Tootsie's, Noshville, Parnassus Books, Whitt's Barbecue. Many of those mainstays will likely NOT be a part of the remodel.
According to an article printed by The Tennessean, the "BNA VIsion" plan would like to operate concessions under a developer deal as opposed to the current licensing deal. Basically, right now, Tootsie's at BNA is only Tootsie's in name. They license their name to a large concessions company and then partner with them to determine the menu and decor for the shop. In return, they receive a portion of the annual revenue, but they are not responsible for staffing and operating the business.
Under the new developer deal, a local business would subcontract from the developer and operate their own shops within the airport. Paranassus Books has already declined that option.
This doesn't mean that the Airport would be devoid of local brands, however. Loveless Cafe, Pinewood Social, and M.L. Rose are among the 40 or so local business that have expressed interest in working under the development deal.
Other airport renovations include more parking, more terminals, added security lanes, an on-site hotel, and a significantly upgraded international arrivals facility. Watch the video below to see the future of BNA