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Tampa International Airport Cuts the Ribbon on New Stores and Restaurants

June 8, 2012 at 6:43 AM | by | ()

Anytime an airport starts spending cash on improvements and upgrades we get a little excited, and this is especially the case when it comes to refreshing and renovating airport restaurants. We mentioned a while ago that officials at Tampa International Airport were hard at work keeping the airport fresh and fun for years to come, and now it looks like some of the initial work has been completed.

The main terminal is scoring a new wine bar—First Flight—that’s run by a local Tampa area restaurant, and of course we can never complain when it comes to another drinking establishment being added to an airport. Green Iguana Bar & Grill is coming to the post-security side of Terminal A, and Cigar City Brewing is doing the same thing over in Terminal C. Football coaching legend—and Florida resident—Don Shula is expanding his meat and potatoes empire into Terminal C with Shula’s Bar & Grill and Shula Burger.

It’s not all food and beverage either, as there are some new shops to blow some cash and time while you’re waiting for your flight. We really don’t know who buys Swarovski stuff at the airport, but there’s an outlet of the crystal and glass store at the airport. There’s also a few new other options like Radio Road, Tampa Bay News, Sunglass Icon, Kiehl’s, and something known as Tech Interaction over in Terminal C.

Our only complaint with all the new options—the brand new Papa John’s. Hey, at least it’s not Sbarro?

[Photo: TPA Airport via Tampa Bay Business Journal]

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