PHOTOS: Tom Bradley International Makeover On Display
The media is abuzz right now with the pre-preview of the new Tom Bradley International wing at LAX. Today journalists got a sneak peak of the terminal, which underwent a massive (and very necessary) makeover that cost $1.7 billion dollars. Naturally, a big chunk of that cash went to dining. $79.8-million was invested by Westfield and its partners will introduce 31 dining options. Seventeen of those restaurants are local Los Angeles brands, giving travelers a true taste of L.A. upon their arrival.
Michael Voltaggio, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, Hourie Sahakian, and Suzanne Goin are among the big name chefs involved with the dining at the international wing. The lineup of restaurants includes ink.sack, Short Cake, Border Grill, Umami Burger, Chaya, LA Mill, Larder at Tavern, 800 Degrees Pizza, Vino Volo, Luckyfish, James' Beach, Marmelade Cafe, Vanilla Bake Shop, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and something called "Starbucks Evenings."
Food is a big focus, of course, but the gala also featured the unveiling of the 72-foot-tall digital Time Tower, a soaring interactive media structure with changing clock faces that sort of resembles the grand digital entrance to the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
From the looks of things, the expected 10,000 members of the general public, along with Tom Bradley's construction workers, airport employees and their families, will be in for a real treat when they get to check in for the public preview on Saturday.