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Cassell’s, Trejo’s Tacos, and Urth Caffe Confirmed for New LAX Food Court

Terminal 1 is getting a big food upgrade

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There has a been a lot of movement at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) lately, as the aging airport aims to keep up with national trends in both transportation and dining. That includes a near-total overhaul of each terminal’s eating options over the past couple of years, with Terminal 1 the next to land some big names as part of a new food court build out.

The first among the roster of names to know is Cassell’s Hamburgers, the reborn classic burger option that now plays to big daily crowds in Koreatown. David Chang swears by the place’s patty melt, and everyone else shows up for the burgers, the pie, and the drinks. Speaking of which, Cassell’s will also take over a long run of bar space inside the food court area, with plans to provide craft beer and batch cocktails for speed. Unlike a big international terminal, travelers tend to congregate for less time at Terminal 1, so getting food and drink out fast is a big priority.

Eater has also confirmed through several sources that Trejo’s Tacos will take up some space inside the food court, along with a few other prominent names. They include: Pei Wei, Chick-Fil-A, Einstein’s Bagels, and local coffee institution Urth Caffe.

Each restaurant is given about 15 feet of solo frontage to work with, with communal seating for all out in front. The plan is to wrap up the $500-million upgrade efforts at Terminal 1 by sometime mid-next year, with all of the restaurants slated to be open before Labor Day 2018.