‘Top Chef’ finalist to be part of new food lineup at Reagan National Airport

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of new restaurants slated to come to Terminal A. This version has been corrected.

Carla Hall, a ‘Top Chef’ finalist and host of ABC’s ‘The Chew,’ will be one of several local chefs behind the lineup of new restaurants coming to Reagan National Airport’s Terminal A.

By mid-2015, there will be four new restaurants in the terminal, including concepts by Jeff Tunks of Burger Tap & Shake and Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso, according to OTG, a New York-based airport food and beverage operator that is overseeing the renovation.

The upgrade will be a part of a redevelopment program that includes adding publicly accessible iPads, expanded retail options and a spa, as well as a roomier security checkpoint.

“Reagan National Airport is the doorstep of the community,” said Rick Blatstein, founder and principal owner of OTG. The airport “needs to be a little taste of the city.”

Local mixologist Gina Chersevani of Hank’s Oyster Bar and craft beer expert Greg Jasgur are also involved in the project, which is scheduled to start in a few months.

Once done, passengers will be able to sit down at a table, plug their phone into a charging station, peruse the restaurant’s menu on the publicly available iPad on the table in front of them, order their food on the iPad and wait for it to be delivered.

Hall, who has been tapped as a consultant for the project, is helping to develop the concept and menu behind Page, a 150-seat restaurant overlooking the terminal’s gates.

With passenger traffic at a record-breaking 20.4 million in 2013, up from 19.7 million the year before.National has been expanding its retail and food offerings. New food options include Ben’s Chili Bowl, American Tap Room and Pinkberry. Among the new retailers are Brooks Bros., Lacoste and Vineyard Vines. For international passengers, a duty-free shop is being added.

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Abha Bhattarai covers local banking, retail and hospitality for The Washington Post’s Capital Business section.
Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.
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