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04-26-2012 - Mountain House Diner ready to serve customers

New airport restaurant opens Saturday, April 28, 2012.

There is a new restaurant on the menu at Reno-Tahoe International Airport that is a taste of what's to come when the Gateway Project is completed next year.

The Mountain House, which opens April 28 adjacent to the ski statue and the PGA Tour Shop, will feature a wide ranging menu and a Tahoe-themed décor that celebrates our region’s ski culture. The distinctive design, combined with a hearty menu, will make the Mountain House a popular spot to meet and greet travelers.

It is opening just before the Gateway Project will close the existing food court to allow construction of a new single security checkpoint. The new state of the art security checkpoint will be built where the present food court now stands on the first floor and will replace the existing two checkpoints.

While Gateway construction is underway, Mountain House and Peet's Coffee will provide pre-security food and beverage for customers. Max’s Eatz and LaBrea Bakery will offer food and beverage past security.

“Mountain House will feature local flavors and brews to provide customers with a sense of place as they travel in and out of the community,” Krys Bart, President/CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said. “It will help make the all-important first and last impression on our travelers.”

By April 2013, Gateway will bring new restaurants and stores to a dramatically improved second floor connecting concourse. The terminal will be pushed out 40 feet onto the ramp. The second floor ceiling will be raised 18 feet to create a Tahoe themed atrium-mall called the High Mountain Market.

New stores like Brighton Collectibles, No Boundaries outdoor apparel, In-Motion electronics and a CNBC news store will help improve the travel experience. A signature restaurant called Timber Ridge will be built along the windows overlooking the aircraft ramp and mountains to the east.

“We call this the Gateway Project because it will welcome and send-off travelers with the best of what our region has to offer,” Bart said.

Thursday, April 26, 2012