HMSHost Signs Up for ServSafe Dining

Boosting airline ridership means that every step in the airport and airline process must be managed to ensure passengers health and safety.

Little Tony’s Pizzeria, Terminal-B at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Little Tony’s Pizzeria, Terminal-B at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The National Restaurant Association has unveiled prominent travel restaurateur HMSHost as the latest signatory of its ServSafe Dining Commitment, a program aimed at bolstering the restaurant and foodservice industry’s recovery.

Members of the program assure consumers that the restaurant is dedicated to training staff in safe food handling and establishing new guidelines for safe dining.

In a recent  press release, HMSHost went on to say; “Today, the National Restaurant Association and its ServSafe division announced that HMSHost has signed on as a participant of the ServSafe Dining Commitment program aimed at bolstering the restaurant and foodservice industry’s recovery.”

National Restaurant Association Executive Vice President, Training and Certification Sherman Brown said: “We created the Dining Commitment for operators to reassure customers that they are taking defined steps to keep diners and the restaurant’s employees safe. We are grateful that HMSHost has joined us to welcome customers back into restaurants with the peace of mind that their restaurant adheres to the ServSafe Dining Commitment.”

Malone’s Fish MarketTerminal-B at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Malone’s Fish MarketTerminal-B at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Since the pandemic began, HMSHost has been abiding by other standards including the National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidance, FDA Best Practices for Restaurants, the HMSHost Growth Plan and COVID-19 Manager’s Guide to Associate Safety & Wellness. The restaurateur has also been complying to the laws and guidelines of federal, state and local municipalities.

In New York area airports, HMSHost has is represented by several well-known restaurants in the newly constructed Terminal-B at Newark Airport. They include; Malone’s Fish Market, Firehouse Subs and Little Tony’s Pizzeria. They are represented at JFK Airport’s Delta Terminal by Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, Todd English steak house and Legends Sport Bar. LaGuardia Airport also will boast a strong HMSHost presence at the renovated Terminal B with Shake Shack, La Chula and Osteria Fusco. 

Those eateries named above are only a few of the wide array of eateries under the HMSHost banner at our airports. 

Joe Thornton, Executive Vice President and COO of HMSHost
Joe Thornton, Executive Vice President and COO of HMSHost

HMSHost Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Joe Thornton in a conversation with Metropolitan Airport News said their company, recognizing the danger of the pandemic, made plans to get in front of the problem. They engaged in a number of steps throughout their network to make their restaurants safe for the customers. This effort began with the training all employees, and at the same time, emphasizing that their message to the customers was “to keep them safe”. 

Another proactive step HMSHost is taking is to have a supply of PPE and other anti-viral supplies stored at every restaurant in their system as a precaution to avoid the shortages that occurred in the current pandemic. This move is a step that every restaurant should take seriously. 

Thornton had said in previous statements that global vaccination now becoming a reality, we know people are starting to re-engage on travel plans for 2021. “Wherever your future leisure or business travel takes you, you can have the utmost confidence that HMSHost restaurants are trustworthy, ready, and have gone above and beyond, to safeguard the health and wellness of everyone who works in and enters our facilities.”

He added: “HMSHost is leading and rewriting the script for exceptional travel dining solutions in this new environment and we’re excited to be working with the National Restaurant Association to provide a best-in-class experience.”

NOTE: During this pandemic, customers of HMSHost restaurants at any location should check before-  hand whether they are opened or closed.

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