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Los Angeles Airport Caters to Foodies with a Fake Truck Inside Terminal 4

Sep 30, 2013 8:40 am

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The food truck craze that has swept the nation will soon roll up to Los Angeles International Airport.

No, airport security won’t allow food trucks to pull to the curb of the terminal. Instead, an airport concession operator plans to install the shell of a food truck inside Terminal 4. The fake truck will be outfitted inside with grills, pots, pans and other equipment to serve food.

Starting Nov. 1, the food truck will be operated by food truck chefs based in Los Angeles who will rotate in once a year or so.

“This is our way to help bring people with local talent to offer their food at the airport,” said Rich Bennett, senior director of operations for HMSHost, a concession operator at LAX.

Meanwhile, Long Beach Airport is one of a handful of airports across the country that have allowed food trucks to park at cellphone parking lots to dish out chow to drivers waiting to pick up friends and family members.

The food truck program, called “Truck’n Tuesdays,” was originally a summer event held the third Tuesday of each month. But it has become so popular that the airport plans to continue it indefinitely.

“Passengers, employees and those waiting in the area are enjoying it,” airport spokeswoman Kerry Gerot said.

(c)2013 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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