Udi's Cafe and Bar opens at Denver International Airport
Udi's Café and Bar opened today on the B Concourse at Denver International Airport -- the ninth location in this homegrown chain that emphasizes salads and sandwiches made with fresh, natural ingredients -- and Udi's artisan breads, baked fresh daily.
And Udi's has plenty of dough to spread around these days: Last summer, the family enterprise -- which started with the Sandwich Man, which Udi Baron and his wife, Fern, founded in 1994, and soon brought daughter Robin and son Etai on board -- sold Udi's Gluten-Free Foods, a spinoff of Udi's Healthy Foods, to Smart Balance for a reported $125 million.
Like the other Udi's spots, including the Udi's on East Colfax that opened in the former home of Encore last month, this one emphasizes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options -- and even has gluten-free beers at the full-service bar, which also includes specialty cocktails and ten kinds of absinthe from around the world.
Udi's is just the latest airport eatery to boast a local connection. Still to come this spring are restaurants connected to Root Down, Elway's and Steve's Snappin' Dogs. And according to DIA, we'll soon see many more: Over 75 percent of DIA's concession locations will transform over the next few years as leases expire.
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