T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island is about to get a lot tastier.

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) announced Tuesday that it is seeking food and beverage proposals from Rhode Island providers to bring Rhode Island flavor to travelers, in an effort to increase jobs and expand opportunities for Rhode Island-based restaurants, wineries and breweries.

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“A Taste of Rhode Island”

While T.F. Green is smaller than many airports, the inclusion of Rhode Island restaurants will pack a big punch for hungry travelers. The RIAC is looking to bring a “Taste of Rhode Island” to five locations in the airport concourses. That's four spaces in the airport food court and one location in the airport baggage claim area.

RIAC is making 10 spaces available, ranging from 300 to 2,300 square feet.

All About Promoting Rhode Island Cuisine

“The new airport food and beverage procurement has been restructured to be more attractive for local restauranteurs to submit proposals for individual spaces, including lower rent, reduced requirements for proprietor capital investments, as well as a five-year agreement term rather than the ten-year terms in previous concession solicitations,” RIAC said.

Those who are interested will be invited to tour available airport facilities at two pre-proposal open houses on Feb. 24 and March 3 of this year.

An Excellent Way to Represent Rhode Island

T.F. Green was named one of USA Today’s “Readers’ Choice Best Small Airports” for 2021 and recently named fourth-best airport in the United States in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, so imagine the accolades it will receive once there is some high-quality food under its roof.

Call me biased, but Rhode Island has some of the best food and local brew selections in the area. From seafood to Italian food, great food is a part of our culture. Introducing that flavor to travelers will only enhance the trip, and will put a good taste about the Ocean State in people's mouths.

Now, here’s the big question: Which restaurants should apply?

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