SAN DIEGO, CA – San Diego International Airport (SAN) expects to receive more passengers this summer than at any time since the beginning of the pandemic and as part of the adjustments being made to serve travelers, noted that with the renovation of Terminal 1 (T1), new businesses will be opening their doors.
According to information from SAN, the first phase of T1 will be ready by the end of 2025, when the first concessionaires are also expected to arrive, while the rest could be installed by the beginning of 2028, when the remodeling work is completed.
Among the new restaurants that will be arriving at the air terminal is the popular coffee shop chain Better Buzz Coffee Roasters, which will be located right in front of the airside security checkpoint. Other establishments scheduled to arrive in this first phase are Parakeet Café and Cutwater Spirits.
Lofty Coffee is expected to arrive in the next phase. Kettner Exchange, the bar known for its innovative cocktails, will have a separate space in the main meeting area of the building, and will include a menu of drinks and food prepared by chef Brian Redzikowski, as well as art exhibits and a stage for performances.
Puesto, meanwhile, will bring a touch of classic Mexican cuisine, along with the Mostra coffee microbrewery. SAN reported that all of the new restaurants and bars will be managed by High Flying Foods, a San Francisco-based airport concessions company, according to the Airport Authority, except Parakeet Café.
According to the Airport Authority, 15 new concessions will open in 2025, followed by another 10 in 2028. Of the 25 locations, 32,000 sq. ft. are for additional restaurants at the airport, while 14,000 will consist of retail.
The nearly US$3.4 billion SAN Terminal 1 project began construction in late 2021. When completed in 2028, it will have 11 additional gates, as well as new services and improved transportation access to and from the airport.