Jean-Georges Vongerichten to oversee TWA Hotel restaurant

Jean-Georges Vongerichten with Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and Morse Development. Photo credit: Jeorge Cymon (BerlinRosen)

The Paris Café is coming back to the long-shuttered TWA Flight Center terminal at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is set to reopen the Paris Café restaurant at the upcoming 512-room TWA Hotel in spring 2019, taking up the whole footprint of the terminal’s original Paris Café and Lisbon Lounge, which have been dark since 2001.
The spaces were originally outfitted by Parisian industrial designer Raymond Loewy (who helped create the 1955 Coca-Cola contour bottle, the 1959 TWA twin globes logo, the 1963 Studebaker Avanti, the 1962 Air Force One livery and the 1971 Shell logo). Vongerichten’s take on the restaurant will help reignite the magic of the Jet Age throughout the TWA Hotel.

The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and cocktails.

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Vongerichten will partner with Tastes on the Fly, a boutique airport restaurateur with more than 20 locations coast to coast, on the restaurant.
Connected to JetBlue Terminal 5, the TWA Hotel will have 512 ultra-quiet guestrooms, 50,000 square feet of event space for up to 1,600 people, a 10,000 square foot fitness center, a rooftop pool and observation deck and a museum devoted to TWA and the midcentury modern design movement.

Vongerichten operates 36 restaurants, including ABC Kitchen in Manhattan, Mercato in Shanghai and Simply Chicken in New York’s Madison Square Garden.