Walls are up for the construction of the I VINI Italian Market, a new mid-concourse restaurant being built in the Austin airport. Outside the terminal, the former cell phone lot structure has been demolished for construction of ABIA Retail – the new gas station, convenience store and cell phone lot.
I VINI to open mid-concourse location near Gate 20
I VINI Italian Market is a hip fresh, Italian lifestyle concept that will offer “good wines, strong coffee, fresh pastries and a gelato case.” It is currently under construction in mid-concourse from Gate 20 – 23, in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
The upmarket Italian food and espresso café’ will cover 1,264 square feet. Its design includes a bar, open area table seating, and monitors, along with menu items such as authentic salami platters, fresh cheeses and breads.
It’s the airport’s first center concourse venue with all-sides accessible. Easily recognizable from a distance, it will feature brightly colored suspended sculptural panels and a canopy design.
Serving local wines, breads and pastries, the I VINI concept was created and founded by Love Nance the operator of an Austin favorite, Annie’s Café & Bar. Annie’s has two restaurant locations, one in the airport at Gate 18 and another downtown on N. Congress Ave. I VINI will be operated by airport concessionaire Delaware North Companies and construction is estimated to be completed this year.
Former cell phone lot structure leveled for ABIA Retail
The location and building that provided 58 spaces off Presidential Blvd. at the previous free cell phone lot facility, has been demolished. This is to make way for the new cell phone lot, playground area, retail and restaurant space, convenience store and gas station.
Contractors are currently installing site utilities, piers and grade beams. The new ABIA Retail is designed to include:
Free Cell Phone Lot
Covered 10 pump gas station
9,750 square foot retail and restaurant building
4,500 square foot convenience store
Austin Energy electric vehicle fast charging stations
Once completed, there will be over 115 available parking spaces at the new ABIA Retail site with 50 dedicated as cell phone lot wait spaces.
For drivers waiting to pick up passengers during construction of the retail site, the airports free cell phone lot has temporarily relocated to 9340 Rental Car Lane (former Lot H).