PEORIA — Changes are coming to the restaurant at Peoria's airport.
Among them are likely to be a change to The Hangar Too as a name, along with renovations after New Jersey-based Faber, Coe & Gregg, Inc. won the contract to operate the facility at Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport during a regular rebidding cycle.
Airport authority board members made the selection at their meeting Wednesday, airport director Gene Olson said.
Olson said the restaurant is expected to be renamed and see renovations in coming months after the consortium, which operates restaurants at airports around the country, takes over April 1.
The Hangar Too facility is actually two restaurants, one on the pre-security side and a second within the terminal itself.
The renovations are likely to be gradual, Olson said. There may be some disruptions, but "I think we're hoping for no complete closures."
The decision to make the change was a financial one, with the new operators proposing revenues to the airport that were "significantly higher than what our average annual receipts have been," Olson said.
The contract details still have to be finalized, but those revenues are estimated to be in excess of $52,000, he said.
The new operators will replace a separate group that operated Hangar Too for the past 14 years. Olson said the organization, Hubbard & Davis, "came in and operated the restaurant at a time we were having trouble finding a restaurant operator.
"They've been a good company to work with," he continued. "... But as a public entity we're obligated to test the market every once in a while and see what's out there."
The airport saw a passenger record last year with 672,594 travelers using the facility, up 5 percent over the prior high. That included monthly records in seven months, including for each month of the summer travel season from May through August.