Bar Symon Bistro is the Creation of James Beard Award and Iron Chef Winner Michael Symon
Concessions International (CI) has announced the opening of Bar Symon in Dulles International Airport. The bistro-style restaurant is located in Terminal D near gate 16. The airport location is a joint venture between CI and Cleveland-based United Concessions Group (UCG) an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) owned by Hayat Rababy. This will be CI and UCG’s first partnership.
Bar Symon is the brainchild of James Beard award winning Iron Chef Michael Symon and was created specifically for airports by combining Chef Symon’s experience operating award winning restaurants and his frustrations with quality food options while traveling. Vice President of UCG, Ben Rababy met Chef Symon years ago and convinced him to open the first Bar Symon airport location in Pittsburgh International Airport, which remains in operation today.
“Bar Symon is a great American bistro for airport guests looking for something different than your typical bar and grill,” says Donata Russell Major, CI’s Chief Executive Officer.
Bar Symon’s menu features new and traditional American cuisine with an emphasis on comfort food. Guests can choose from a selection of burgers and sandwiches, as well as Greek and Italian entrees inspired by Chef Symon’s heritage. Menu items include a Pulled Pork Breakfast Burrito (scrambled eggs with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, cilantro leaves, scallions, red hot sauce & rosemary home fries) their flagship Lola Burger (Pat LeFreida proprietary blend patty with a fried egg, pickled onions, thick-cut bacon, cheddar cheese served on a challah bun), and Lola fries sprinkled with Kosher salt and fresh rosemary. Guests will be able to pick from a large assortment of local and regional craft beers, along with the house made Bar Symon Bloody Mary.
This will be one of the first restaurant openings for CI in 2015. The concessionaire also plans to open a DC Craft and Chef Geoff’s location in Dulles International Airport and a Taylor Gourmet Deli in Reagan National Airport early this year.