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New airport concession opens two restaurants
PENSACOLA -- Yesterday we told you O-H-M had moved into the Pensacola International Airport and already opened a Bagel Heads.
The Missouri-based company was awarded the airport concessions contract after a tug of war between the Pensacola City Council and the mayor kicking out a local vendor.
Robert de Varona has filed a suit against the city, after city officials told him Monday he had until midnight to remove all his belongings.
De Varona says his lease gives him 60-days to remove everything.
The city released a statement saying they agreed to store Varona's equipment at no cost for 60-days.
De Varona also released a statement saying, he has started discussions with the city to try and find a solution outside of a courtroom.
But, so far, they haven't reached an agreement.
As you walk into Pensacola International Airport, you'll probably notice a couple of changes.
This is where Varona's restaurant used to be, but as of Tuesday at midnight, it's closed and boarded up.
Right next door, is an Einstein Bagels and Pensacola Beach House, with many other restaurants on the way.
It all started last week, when O-H-M held a job fair at the airport.
More than 300 people were vying for a job, 39 were hired, including 9 existing airport employees.
Latricia McCastle is one of the newest employees at Einstein Bagels.
"I actually like working here, getting used to it"
The prep work began late Monday night into Tuesday morning.
McCastle along with several other employees began baking and getting all the inventory ready for travelers.
"So we could fill up the cases. as you can see they're pretty much sold out right now and actually enjoy it."
Right now, there's an Einstein Bagels and Pensacola Beach House before and after security.
The plan is to build a Chic fil a and Surf City Squeeze.
Some people getting ready to board their flights enjoyed the new selections.
"Well the service is good, I appreciate the progress we're making"
But others, like Windy Jones, were not too pleased.
Jones flies in and out of Pensacola International Airport often and enjoyed seeing a non-chain food option.
"Everything's gotta change and that's great but you come to Florida you think you're gonna get a Cuban sandwich. I'm gonna miss it."
OHM has not started construction yet, they are waiting on de Varona to move all his equipment.
But once construction starts, they say, it'll take about 90-days to finish.