Iron Chef Morimoto Expands to Airport Cuisine

More great food moves in to the airport! Nation’s Restaurant News is reporting that Japanese master chef Masaharu Morimoto is developing  a new fast-casual concept that will bring Morimoto dishes to airport travelers. The new locations will be named Skewers, with a menu featuring rice bowls along with skewered grilled meats and vegetables (known as ‘yakitori’) that are portable and flyer-friendly. Prices will range from $4.95 for soups to $16.95 for main dishes.

Vito Buscemi, director of concept portfolio for Delaware North’s Travel Hospitality Services division, a partner in the Morimoto developments, is confident in the Skewers concept.

“This is not something we’ve taken and dumbed down for the airport,” Buscemi said. “It is quick, quality food that everyone can relate to as soon as they see and smell it. We think everyone will like this concept; it has broad appeal.”

Though Morimoto’s restaurants are well known for their delicious sushi offerings, the chef notes that diners shouldn’t expect sushi on the airport menus.

“Yakitori is the next big wave, I think,” Morimoto said. “It will be very popular.”

No official rollout dates for the new locations have been set.

~Jennifer Heigl

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