Barrio Cafe, Cartel, LGO and More Ready to Take Off at Sky Harbor

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A sneak peek at what's in store for Terminal 4.

Back in May, Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport announced their selection of HMS Host's locally-focused proposal for a new cache of restaurants inside Terminal 4 as the first of two restaurant "master concessionaire" contracts to be awarded for the terminal's new food program. After passing through several committees, the contract received final approval from the City Council this week.

What does that mean for locals and Phoenix travelers?

New outposts of James Beard Award nominee Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's Barrio Cafe, as well as a new Cartel Coffee Lab and almost two dozen other local eateries. Not surprisingly, several Sam Fox ventures made the final cut, as did the token handful of fast-food options.

Construction on the project is slated to begin in January of next year, with temporary kiosks set up throughout the terminal so that restaurant service will not be completely interrupted during the process.

Find out who's in charge, and get the full list of Sky Harbor Terminal 4 eateries after the jump...

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Several Sam Fox restaurants will be popping up at Sky Harbor, including Sauce.

Overseeing the Terminal's restaurant program is former Estate House chef Gio Osso,

who came on board in 2010 with hopes of bringing in more locally produced ingredients and Phoenix-area restaurants. Clearly he's made progress towards that goal, as more than three-quarters of the restaurants that have been approved for Terminal 4 are locally owned.

Here's the lineup for the first wave of Terminal 4's new restaurant offerings, which will be located at concourses N2, N3, N4, S4, S3, S2, and in the lobby area on the north side:

Barrio Cafe
Cowboy Ciao
Press Coffee Roasters
Cartel Coffee Lab
Dilly's Deli
D'licious Dishes
Sir Veza's Taco Garage
El Bravo
La Grande Orange
Grateful Spoon Gelato
Chelsea's Kitchen
Blanco Tacos & Tequila
Olive & Ivy
Modern Burger
NYPD Pizza
La Madeleine
Paradise Bakery

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that should be a tremendous improvement in the traveling experience!


does this mean i'll be able to get a cartel cappucino to go? ;)


Ate at Barrio Cafe @ original location (approx 16th St & Thomas) today for the first time.  The food was delicious.  The service could have been better. (A long time between check-in's and server change in the middle of lunch ...)  The place felt cramped... we had a table that was set for 6 that was really accomodations for 4.  But most definitely - the food was great.  No one in our party of 5 expressed any dissatisfaction over quality, quantity or price.  If the new airport location can replicate the food with a slightly better atmosphere / size and not keep us waiting 5 or 10 minutes for beverage refills or more bread, I would recommend them.  Really tasty!

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