Pappas Restaurants files protest with City of Houston over Hobby Airport contract
Days after being ousted as the main concessionaire at Houston’s Hobby Airport during a contentious — and controversial — bidding process, Pappas Restaurants has filed a formal protest with the city alleging that City Council violated local and state laws over the course of a convoluted procurement process that spanned nearly four years and several rounds of bidding.
Locally-owned Pappas, operating as 4 Families, has managed concession operations at the airport since 2002, when they won the first of two 10-year contracts with the city. On March 8, after delaying the vote for several weeks, City Council finally decided to award a new contract to Areas USA, a company based in Spain with an offshoot in Miami, Florida (and now, Houston). While the new contract will mean the end of Pappas-brand restaurants in the airport, Areas intends to bring local brands like Galveston hangout The Spot, Spindletap Brewery, and Killen’s Barbecue to the transportation hub.