BNA to add 51 restaurants, other businesses in renovation

Posted at 5:41 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 20:36:59-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Big changes are coming to the Nashville International Airport including, 50 new restaurants and other local businesses.

All of the new businesses will be local, putting a spotlight on Nashville's amazing food culture.

"What we're beginning today will have a ripple effect in all of the airports throughout America," said Mark Waldo CEO of Hugh Baby's.

The organizers of this restaurant renovation at BNA are hoping this plan helps Music City stand out even more.

"First and foremost,we wanted to be authentic to Nashville."

A total of 51 businesseswill make up a project that will take 10 years to implement.

Owners like Waldo are excited about the changes, but there will be unique challenges with them.

"We smoke all of our BBQ fresh everyday. Unless I'm wrong, there's no smokers in the airport currently. So, in order for us to really bring our brand out there, we're going to have to find a way to effectively smoke BBQ in that building without disrupting any operations in the airport or any customer experiences at other restaurants," he said.

Developers are saying they're planning to keep the same prices in the airport that you would see on the street.

The plan includes the creation of more live event space,