DENVER, Colo. – May 9, 2013 – Innovative airport concessionaire Mission Yogurt, Inc. is proud to announce the Grand Opening of Udi’s Café & Bar in Concourse B at Denver International Airport (DIA). Although this is Denver-based Udi’s ninth café location, it is the first Udi’s Café & Bar concept, and the only Udi’s concept at DIA.
In keeping with both Mission Yogurt, Inc.’s and Udi’s commitment to providing consumers with simple, healthy cuisine, Udi’s Café & Bar utilizes fresh, natural ingredients in its made-to-order salads, paninis, burgers and sandwiches. Like all Udi’s locations, only fresh artisan breads, baked daily in Colorado, are served, and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are in abundance. Other offerings include fresh fruit, yogurt and desserts. For those in a hurry, a wide array of freshly-made “grab-n-go” items such as gluten-free couscous, fruit cups, salads and sandwiches are available as well.
The full service bar at Udi’s Café & Bar features numerous beers on tap and by the bottle, including many local and gluten-free options. Signature cocktails and 10 varieties of absinthe from around the world are also available.
“I’m proud to bring Udi’s Café & Bar to Denver International Airport,” said Rod Tafoya, owner of Mission Yogurt, Inc. “Our mission has always been to support local Colorado businesses, while also providing airport travelers with food that is not only quick and delicious, but healthy, and that we’d want to eat ourselves. Udi’s Café & Bar underscores all these values, and is a wonderful addition to Mission’s portfolio of brands at DIA.”
“Were really excited to be a part of DIA’s initiative to bring local flavor and healthy, great-tasting food into DIA,” said Udi Bar-on, founder of Udi’s Foods. “This initiative has been in the works for several years, and we are delighted to see this come to fruition; we feel we’re on the front end of a greater effort to bring in several leading local vendors, and change the face of what travelers can expect from airport food.”
In addition to providing airport guests with exceptional food and service, Mission is dedicated to ensuring its restaurants’ ambiances are comfortable, inviting and authentic to each brand, while also remaining logistically easy to access, and intuitive for the airport traveler to navigate. At Udi’s Café & Bar, Mission Yogurt, Inc. created an environment mirroring the brand’s focus on fresh, healthy food, filling the space with bright colors found in nature, such as green and orange. Additionally, to cater both to the traveler with time to sit and dine, looking to temporarily escape the chaos, as well as those with less time, Mission created two distinct spaces within the restaurant, one sit-down dining and bar area, and a quick-serve Grab & Go Pantry.
The 1,488 sq. ft. Udi’s Café & Bar will employ approximately 40 people.
Founded in 1988 by Tafoya, a Denver native, Mission Yogurt, Inc. first made a presence at Denver International Airport in 1995 with the opening of Sara Lee Sandwich Shop/Colombo Yogurt, followed by the airport’s first authentic Mexican restaurant, and Tafoya’s original concept, Que Bueno! Mexican Grille. Over the past five years, Mission Yogurt, Inc.’s sales have increased more than 45 percent to more than $30 million annually. The company, which currently employs more than 400 people, operates a variety of highly-successful airport concepts, including the busiest Einstein Bros Bagels franchise location in the nation, at DIA, and DIA’s highest grossing restaurant measured by sales, Timberline Steaks & Grille. It will open the next location of another highly-acclaimed local brand, Root Down, in DIA’s Concourse C in June 2013.
Projected to open throughout 2012, the new concessions are expected to generate approximately $14.6 million in annual revenue
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