DCRA announces opening of new restaurants and expansion of local shops

Dane County Regional Airport announced the opening of their new Vinoteca Wine & Tapas bar and the debut of Mad Town Gastropub on January 17, 2017. The airport also unveiled the expansion of Metcalfe’s Local to Go and Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea. Along with the development and expansion of new food and beverage options is the opening of DCRA’s new Madison XPress and Madison Xchange gift shops.


“Dane County has a world class airport and these additions will make it a destination,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.


Serving breakfast through dinner and last departures, Mad Town Gastropub features a menu of fresh, sustainable dishes created by James Beard award-winning local chef, Tory Miller. Passengers can also enjoy wine, local beer, and handcrafted cocktails at the new Vinoteca Wine & Tapas bar.


The expanded family-owned Metcalfe’s Local to Go airside shop and restaurant will continue to offer travelers a taste of Wisconsin with their array of local products. Madison’s Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea will also welcome passengers to indulge in coffee, tea, and snacks while enjoying piano performances.


SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, was awarded a ten-year lease on its food & beverage contract at DCRA in May of 2016 and has been the sole food and beverage purveyor at MSN since 2006.


SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, commented, “Our focus at SSP America is to deliver our airport clients a local taste of place, with community anchored dining bringing passengers food and drink that defines a region. As a result, partnerships are key to our success. Special thanks to our long-term partners Kevin Metcalfe’s of Metcalfe’s Market and Tom Walzer of Ancora Artisan Coffee and Tea as well as Chef Tory Miller who has been a tremendous partner in crafting our menu at Madtown. We’re grateful for the ongoing opportunity to be part of the MSN community.”


In addition to the expanded portfolio of restaurants, DCRA also debuted two new gift shop, Madison Xpress and Madison Xchange. Two of four shops in the airport run by the industry leader in Travel Essentials retail Paradies Lagardère, Madison Xpress and Madision Xchange both feature traditional newsstand items, as well as specialized gift shop finds, refreshments, and last-minute travel necessities.


“Madison Xpress and Madison Xchange are both resonating with travelers visiting the airport, while offering convenient, one-stop shop environments that cover all of a traveler’s needs. We’re excited to bring new retail options to travelers at DCRA, and look forward to continuing our partnership with Dane County Regional Airport for many years to come,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère.