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Wolfgang Puck now has company: A number of airports across the country are opening restaurants from high-profile hometown chefs, offering local flavor to fliers.
In contrast to the coast-to-coast Puck empire, the new arrivals include the kinds of chefs who are solidly identified with their cities. Some are expected to open spinoffs at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The chef Michael Voltaggio, of Ink and Ink.Sack, is taking Ink.Sack, an upscale sandwich shop, to the airport. Suzanne Goin, who runs four restaurants in Los Angeles, including the acclaimed Lucques, is expected to open Larder at Tavern, a high-end deli, this month.
In Chicago, the chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill operates several Mexican sandwich shops, Tortas Frontera, at O’Hare International Airport, including a new outlet in the international terminal. At Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the chef Bryan Caswell, of the noted city restaurant Reef, opened 3rd Bar Oyster & Eating House in the renovated south concourse in April. And at Denver International Airport, Justin Cucci, chef and owner of the popular farm-to-table restaurant Root Down in the Lower Highlands neighborhood, opened an airport outlet in September.
China to surpass U.S. in business travel
For years Americans have led the world in business travel spending. That is about to change.
With China’s economy surging, business travel spending from the world’s most populous country is expected to jump 14 percent in 2013 and 17 percent next year, according to the Global Business Travel Association., the trade group for corporate travel managers. China is expected to surpass the United States as the world’s largest business travel market by 2016, the trade group says.
About 95 percent of that business travel traffic will stay in Asia, with trips to South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong the top destinations. The GBTA estimates that the U.S. will be No. 8 on the list of destinations for Chinese business travelers.
And with the growth in travel from China, Beijing Capital International Airport is expected next year to surpass Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as the world’s busiest airport.
The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States and became a monument to its mosaic of ancestries reopened to visitors last week for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, adding a chapter to the narrative of hard-won recovery on the eve of the storm’s anniversary.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum hasn’t fully recovered from the floods that filled its basement; many of its more than 1 million photographs and other artifacts are still in storage, and officials haven’t yet repaired computers the public can use to research forebears. But visitors were able to return to much of the graceful main building, including some exhibits, and to absorb the views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.