LANSING, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kicking off a series of modernization projects to upgrade the passenger experience, the Capital Region International Airport today officially opened the Capital Brewport, a full-service restaurant with a menu focused on fun, shareable dishes and featuring a rotating craft beer menu consisting of Lansing-made beer.
“We are dedicated to a first-class flying experience,” said Capital Region International Airport CEO Wayne Sieloff. “At the Capital Brewport, our passengers will have the opportunity to relax in a modern, fresh atmosphere while enjoying a bite and a brew. This is the first major project of several to come, and we’re thrilled to officially launch a new era of flying in Lansing.”
The Capital Brewport is inspired by Lansing Brewing Company, and will feature LBC beers as well as beers from other local breweries. The 2,300-square-foot restaurant, which seats 90, features a contemporary décor with several 55-inch flat-screen TVs for patrons and wall-to-wall, 9.4-foot-tall windows looking out onto runways. Located past the TSA gate next to Gate 7, the Capital Brewport is open to passengers from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week; there will be extended hours during Apple Vacation’s winter season.
The new restaurant is the first step in a series of planned upgrades at the Capital Region International Airport, all focused on providing the best experience for passengers and visitors. Upcoming construction projects include a new coffee shop featuring locally roasted coffee, updated amenities including business pods, and a nursing room for mothers traveling with infants. The airport also plans to update its gate holding areas to create spaces reflecting the pride that the airport, whose code is LAN, takes in being the community airport for mid-Michigan.
“We’re immensely proud to offer an improved experience to our diverse and growing mid-Michigan community,” said Capital Region Airport Authority Board Chairman John Shaski. “Traveling through Lansing’s hometown airport should reflect our community’s many special charms, and today’s launch of Capital Brewport is the first step on a new and exciting journey for our region.”
C2AE provided the architectural designs. Trumble Group executed the construction and development of the new space, which used to be known as Spartan Pub. Pat Gillespie and his team at Gillespie Group provided collaborative consultation during the renovation process. The restaurateur is EMA Enterprises. The Michigan Department of Transportation Aeronautics provided an air service development grant to kick-start the $800,000 project.
The Capital Region International Airport is an important asset in the mid-Michigan community, driving $1 billion annually in economic impact. The airport welcomes over half a million visitors each year to connect throughout the country and the world. In addition to providing corporate and general aviation, the Capital Region International Airport moves 54.4 million pounds of cargo annually and is one of two airports in the state with a federal inspection station. More than 7,300 jobs are depending on the airport, which also features a 48,000-square-foot warehouse and 582 acres of ready-to-develop land.