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Sep 28, 2013 01:39 PM

new tom bradley terminal--what's open?

flying out of LAX later this week. i've seen the list of restaurants slated to open there--a good list for airport food. but i've seen press that the restaurants didn't all open when the terminal had its ribbon-cutting ceremony a week or so ago. anybody been through there this week? what's open? will i be able to stock up at the larder instead of eating airline food on my long flight? thanks!

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  1. Nothing open - food wise as of midweek.

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      1. re: Sgee

        Nothing says "Welcome to L.A." more than construction / grand opening delays.

        1. re: J.L.

          If it's any consolation once complete the new renovation elevates Tom Bradley from one of the sh******t major international airport to a respectable place to spend a couple of hours while waiting for red eye international flights.

          Also good place for foreigners to do last minute splurges at the cookie cutter airport LV, Ferragamo, Hermes, Chanel stores.

          Hopefully the dining options when they are up and running stay open late too. Always wished we had Prunier type establishment for a quick luxurious bite. Hopefully Petrossian is comparable.

      2. Here is a list of what should be open or will open any-day from LA Eater:

        There's a huge Larder at Tavern that sports sandwiches, salads, charcuterie, picnic baskets, and other grocery items from chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, as well as a mini version of Border Grill from chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. LAMILL will brew espresso and coffee while Petrossian plans to dole out pricey caviar and Champagne. Tucked into the farther corner is a mini 800 Degrees pizza, and behind that is an Umami Burger. The mezzanine level hosts an expansive Lucky Fish by Sushi Roku while a generic sounding wine bar called Vino Volo serves small places and wines by the glass. Chaya will be doing their blend of Euro-Asian dishes with local ingredients, too.

        For something sweet, Santa Monica's Vanilla Bake Shop will vend cupcakes, and a scaled down version of Short Cake by Eater Young Gun Hourie Sahakian and Nancy Silverton will sell additional baked goods. The largest full-service restaurant is an outlet of III Forks, a Midwestern steakhouse chain that'll span over 6,000 square feet, featuring sizzling steaks and more.

        Over at ink.sack, it turns out that the new egg sandwiches at the original Melrose location were a test for the all-day service expected at Tom Bradley. Owner Michael Voltaggio along with 800 Degrees' chef/owner Anthony Carron did say that most of the ingredients would be identical to the ones offered at the standard brick-and-mortar locations, while spots like Short Cake and Vanilla Bake Shop would actually be baking their items and then delivering them daily.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          that's a pretty impressive step up.

        2. Any updates on the restaurant openings?

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          1. re: jarednielsen

            Panda Express, Marmalade Cafe, Vanilla Bakeshop, Starbucks (with wine and beer), and Vino Volo (wine bar with small plates) are the only one's that are open now.

            1. re: love2eat

              I contacted customer service at LAX. I can confirm the list above as the eateries that are open with the addition of See's Candies. Mmm... candy for dinner.

          2. At LAX. Just ate Umami Burger. Bad beer selection. Drinking a bottle of Malbec at Vino Volo.

              1. re: love2eat

                The bahn mi and cold smoked chix sandwich were both very good. I think each sandwich was $8 (chix) and $7 (banh mi). As others have mentioned the sandwiches are on the small side.

                The worst part of being at the food court with great options (800, Umami, Ink.sack, etc....) is that the longest line was still at Panda Express. By a mile.

                The new terminal is absolutely gorgeous. Huge ceilings, very clean and modern.

                1. re: js76wisco

                  "... absolutely gorgeous..."

                  For the huge pricetag on the renovation, it better be.

                  Give the public a bit of time to finetune their Chowhounding at this new foodcourt...