-- United Airlines and OTG Management are cooking up something special for their $120 million renovation to Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport.
The carrier announced plans today to enlist 24 of the nation's hottest and critically received chefs to bring an unprecedented number of dining outposts to the international hub.
The cherry on top? Not only will it be one of the tastiest terminals in the world, it also seeks to be one of the tech-iest.
"In total, more than 55 new dining venues will provide travelers with an array of culinary choices, with menus at all price points emphasizing fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and highlighting regional and local dining experiences," stated a release from United Airlines and OTG Management.
Bold-faced culinary names tied to the project include Alain Ducasse, Marc Forgione, Paul Liebrandt, Alex Guarnaschelli, Mario Carbone, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Stupak, Wilson Tang and Elizabeth Karmel, among others. Food will range from French bistro fare to Mexican street food, pit-fired BBQ to authentic shwarma.
"Travelers will also have a range of options for outstanding beverages at John Delucie’s Proof, a whiskey bar oasis featuring a selection of seasonal cocktails that pair perfectly with a menu of hearty sandwiches, small plates and entrees," noted the release.
Other areas to wet one's whistle will include Kevin Pemoulie’s Oeno, a wine bar, and Dale Talde’s Caps Beer Garden, "offering an expansive selection of draft and bottled beer."
Design partners David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, Jun Aizaki of Crème Designs, David Mexico of David Mexico Design Group and Andrew Cohen and Jeremy Levitt of Parts and Labor Design will all contribute to recreate a luxe, modern atmosphere for the terminal in step with its new tech offerings.
About those: More than 6,000 iPads will be installed throughout the terminal for travelers to not only check arrival and departure information, but to conduct retail purchases, and order meals. And, for the first time, United fliers will be have the option to use their MileagePlus program rewards to pay for items.
There will also be more than 10,000 power outlets available for travelers to plug in their own devices and Wi-Fi will be complimentary. The redesign has already beguin at the airport, with several chef-curated menus already on offer and 1,000 iPads in place. Completion is expected in 2016.