Area airport lands new food service

Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 12:38 a.m.
Passengers using the Gainesville Regional Airport could soon have better food options than a long-warmed hot dog and chips from a vending machine.
The Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority voted on Thursday to bring new food service to the airport, directing staff to negotiate a catering contract with Jeanel Coullias, owner of Savannah Grande, under the business name FliteBites.
FliteBites will offer coffee, smoothies, juices, sodas and beer and wine to drink. Food items will include pastries and bagels, sandwiches, salads, soups, chips and fruit - all packaged to carry onto a plane. Proposed prices are in line with a specialty sandwich shop and lower than those in many airports.
Plans are to renovate the existing business center near the area where passengers now line up to go through security, creating a "cafe atmosphere" with tables and chairs.
There is no word yet on when the service will begin, though the Airport Authority wants it as soon as possible. A contract must still be negotiated to determine how revenue and cleaning will be shared between the concession and the airport.

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