Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) marked a milestone this month with the reopening of a larger Mill City Tavern in Terminal 1’s G Concourse. The full-service American bistro and bar has returned after a three-year hiatus next to gate G18. It’s the last of five new venues to open in the expanded G Concourse near the Terminal 1 skybridge to the C Concourse.
Mill City Tavern has expanded to 4,500 square feet for sit-down and bar service. It features 165 seats and full window views to the airfield. The venue joins Starbucks, CIBO Express Gourmet Market, Poppy’s Bagel/Custom Burger, and Crisp & Green as part of OTG’s new and refreshed food, beverage and retail offerings in the G Concourse. The additions bring MSP’s concession program up to 140 units across two terminals.
“We have an infusion of varied options in the G Concourse—local and national, delicious and healthy—that feature high-end design and the latest ordering technologies to get passengers through as quickly as possible with the use of online and kiosk ordering,” said Isabella Rhawie, assistant director, concessions and business development for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).
The expansion of the G Concourse, completed in spring 2022, incorporates updated concourse and gate design elements. It added more than 50,000 square feet of public space including a wide Terrazzo corridor, a two-story rotunda, brighter and more spacious gate areas, a suite of accessible restrooms, and more art display space. Delta will also open a new Sky Club above Mill City Tavern this spring – its third at MSP.
“The look, feel and amenities incorporated at the end of the G Concourse are a template for improvements yet to come,” said Bridget Rief, vice president of planning and development for the MAC. “Work to modernize the remaining post-security areas of Terminal 1 with new flooring, lighting, ceilings and gate area enhancements will begin this year starting with Concourses D and F.”
The MAC and Delta Air Lines plan to invest a total of $230 million over the next three years in modernizing most Terminal 1 concourse and gate areas. Planning is also underway on a separate project to expand the G Concourse between gates G10 and G14, with construction set to begin in 2024.