Transformation of Terminal A at Reagan National Airport Continues with the Opening of a New French Bistro

'Reservoir' Now Open with World Renowned Chef Robert Wiedmaier as a Consultant

Dec 02, 2015, 13:37 ET from OTG

REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT, WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The transformation of Terminal A at Reagan National Airport continues with the opening of 'Reservoir' – a new eatery offering the authentic dishes of a French bistro.

Renowned chef Robert Wiedmaier will consult on the expansive menu featuring the flavors and textures of simple French country cooking and taking advantage of fresh, regionally-sourced meats, fish, and produce. The newly created space will have the look and feel of a classic French bistro, transporting diners to a new world before they even board their flights.

"Reservoir provides a casual, warm space, echoing the quintessential brasserie experience. Travelers can indulge in French classics in an authentic atmosphere – all while waiting at the airport to begin their journey," said Chef Robert Wiedmaier. "I'm happy to be consulting on a project that helps elevate the dining options of my hometown airport and our Nation's capital."   

Wiedmaier owns multiple restaurants in the DC area, including Marcel's, Brasserie Beck, and Wildwood Kitchen. He is a native of Germany and has worked at the Four Seasons in Washington as well as the Watergate. His heritage and upbringing in Europe influenced his palate and allows him to present those exact flavors in the food he serves at his own restaurants, located across the tri-state area of Washington, DC.

"We are rebranding Reagan National and Dulles International, renewing our commitment to enhancing the travel experience in the Nation's Capital. The creation of Reservoir is a perfect reflection of that commitment," said Steve Baker, Vice President of Concessions and Customer Development at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Reservoir's unique French cuisine, presented in an airy and well-lit environment, is a great new dining option for passengers as they begin their journey at Reagan National Airport."

Some of the menu highlights at Reservoir include:

  • Duck Tartine Sandwich with fig spread, Boursin, and arugula
  • Salad Lyonnais with frisse, bacon lardon, poached egg, and shallots
  • Steak Tartare with capers, gherkins, shallots, and a quail egg
  • Mussels-frites prepared in classic white wine, wild mushroom truffle cream, mediterranean broth, or spicy red Thai curry

The restaurant is strategically positioned along the concourse, enticing guests into the inviting space as they pass through security. Each seat features a charging station and OTG's award-winning iPad platform, flo™, which keeps guests at ease by connecting them to real-time flight information, interactive visual food & retail menus, language support, and complimentary Internet.

"We are very excited to open Reservoir at Reagan National Airport," said OTG CEO, Rick Blatstein. "Chef Wiedmaier's menu delivers classic French flavors in a beautiful space, while our iPads provide travelers access to the information and services they need."

Reservoir's opening is another step in the larger revitalization effort transforming Reagan National Airport's Terminal A. This July 'Page,' which features locally-sourced comfort foods inspired by Carla Hall, opened. In the coming months, OTG and The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will continue to roll out new dining and retail offerings to heighten travelers' experience.

About OTG
OTG is an award-winning company, elevating the airport experience with enhanced dining, design and technology in more than 300 restaurants and retail concepts in 10 airports across North America. OTG has been recognized throughout the industry for its exceptional customer focus and groundbreaking innovation. In 2014, it ranked among the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies in Fast Company Magazine. 

About the Airports Authority
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, established in 1987 by the governments of Virginia and the District of Columbia, manages and operates Washington's Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, which together serve more than 40 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region's Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Virginia. No tax dollars are used to operate the toll road, which is funded by toll revenues, or the airports, which are funded through aircraft landing fees, rents and revenues from concessions. The Silver Line construction is funded by a combination of toll-road revenues, airport contributions and federal, state and local government appropriations. The Airports Authority is led by a 17-member board of directors appointed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and the president of the United States.