Submitted by Gary Mills
December 5, 2012
Travelers at Jacksonville International Airport have a new dining option with the opening of Shula’s Bar & Grill.
The restaurant, named after NFL Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, is located beyond the TSA passenger screening security area, between gates A3 and A5 in Concourse A. The restaurant replaces the Budweiser Stadium Club in the spot, which has been renovated.
HMSHost will operate the restaurant under a licensing agreement with the Shula family. The restaurant is just the fourth under the Shula’s Bar & Grill brand, the Shula family’s new concept for airports. Existing locations include Miami, Tampa and Southwest Florida international airports.
HMSHost operates restaurants and retail stores in more than 100 airports worldwide. Included in its list of licensed brands is Starbucks and its 350-plus locations in more than 75 airports and highway travel plazas across North America, including Jacksonville.
Since 1989, when Shula opened his first steak House opened in Miami Lakes, Shula’s restaurant portfolio has grown to include Shula’s On The Beach, Shula’s 2, Shula Burger and Shula’s 347 Grill, which operated a restaurant at Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel until early 2011, when Bold City Grill took over the spot.
With its Concourse A location, the new Shula’s Bar & Grill offers a view of the 10,000-foot runway 8-26. Or, if you prefer, follow live sporting events on any of the restaurant’s several flat-screen TVs.
Unlike Shula’s Steak House or Shula’s 347 Grill, you won’t find Shula Cut steaks on the menu. Instead look for a selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads and appetizers created to allow a quick meal for busy travelers.
Selected menu items include:
Shula Burger ($10.99): Classic burger, with lettuce, tomato and pickle
Wine Country Burger ($12.99): Roasted peppers, fresh goat cheese, balsamic greens and roasted tomatoes
French Onion Burger ($12.99): Caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, garlic mayo and crushed garlic croutons
Pulled Pork Sandwich ($10.99): BBQ sauce, onion and pickle on a brioche style roll
Miami Chicken Wrap ($9.99): Blackened chicken breast, peppers, onions, fresh greens and mojo dressing on a whole wheat or white wrap
Also on the menu are salads, including Baby Greens ($9.99) or Caesar ($9.99); and appetizers Blackened Tenderloin Tips ($14.69), Seared Ahi Tuna ($12.99), Flash Fried Calamari ($12.99) and more.
A half-dozen beers on tap as well, including Bold City Brewery’s Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale.
Shula was on hand for Wednesday’s Grand Opening festivities.