Airport officials are focused on offering up the Portland experience right from the start, so they’re looking at local establishments first and foremost rather than the usual airport chains and brands. It sounds like applying for spots at the airport is kind of pain, and there are plenty of rules and guidelines. Still—restaurants like Pine State Biscuits, Salt & Straw, Case Study Coffee, What's the Scoop, and Stumptown Coffee are just a handful of the local landmarks looking to make an appearance at the airport.
One of those pain in the neck rules is that the airport kind of regulates prices to reasonable levels, so that means there’s no $8 slice pizza. Good news for travelers, but it does make it tricky to price things and run a solid profit for businesses. We’ll keep you posted, but just know that Sbarro and Starbucks might be on the way out in favor of some local flavor.