We’ve covered several sports-themed restaurant and bar openings in this eZine over recent years, and one of the main reasons for their popularity is that they combine an engaging experience with a sense of the local.
This time, it is the excitement of an NHL ice hockey game that is captured in HMSHost’s Flames Grill at Calgary International Airport, centred around local team the Calgary Flames.
The opening of the retro-themed restaurant coincides with the team’s 40th season celebrations. The Flames locker room is incorporated in part of the design while life-size images of past and present players feature.
Adding to the excitement, former Calgary Flames and US national team star Joel Otto paid a visit to restaurant, which features plenty of large TV screens so no sporting moment is missed.
But as with any restaurant, it is the quality of the food and customer service that will ultimately most determine success – and HMSHost has focused on offering both a quality and exciting culinary experience, producing a game day-inspired menu.
“This is a restaurant that truly represents Calgary,” the company stated.
There is more to come from Calgary International. Flames Grill is just one of 50 new eating and shopping options at the airport as part of a two-year project that has the goal of improving the traveller experience. Sounds like a winning game plan.
Centre of attention: Former Calgary Flames and US national team star and current assistant coach of the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen Joel Otto paid a visit to Flames Grill
Face off: A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of Flames Grill, with the giant scissors matching the size of HMSHost’s ambitions
Puck luck: The Calgary Airport Authority said guests would experience “the same high level of customer service and culinary delights” as they would during a Flames game at the Scotiabank Saddledome
Retro-themed: HMSHost said the restaurant gave travellers a place to unwind and enjoy an exciting culinary experience