11 Dec 18 - Press releases - Airports

Areas opens a new Javier de las Muelas with Montesquiu and Dry Martini outlet at Barcelona-El Prat airport

Areas, leader in Food & Beverage and Travel Retail, opens its first Javier de las Muelas with Montesquiu Dry Martini outlet at Barcelona-El Prat airport, a different innovative concept offering the best selection of dishes, tapas, and cocktails. Located in Terminal 1’s Barcelona-Madrid airport shuttle area, the premises is 205 m2 with capacity for 60 people.

Javier de las Muelas’s savoir faire in the world of cocktails lands at the Barcelona-El Prat airport with the surprising Javier de las Muelas with Montesquiu Dry Martini concepta space that offers passengers their favorite cocktails: martinis, mojitos, gin tonics, sours, spritzers and Manhattans as well as Montesquiu’s unique flavors, accompanied by an informal food menu served up as dishes, tapas, sandwiches, etc. This concept, in line with the successful businessman and trendsetter’s trademark, offers iconic products, Spanish wines, and a wide selection of beers. From Montesquiu’s signature sandwiches on French bread to salads, hor d’oeuvres, tapas, deserts, and pastries, the restaurant’s menu is designed to satisfy its guests’ needs throughout the day so they can have breakfast, a snack before boarding or after landing, or even a mixed drink. Thanks to its take-away service, customers can take anything on sale with them to enjoy in the departure lounge or on the plane.

The restaurant has a unique design following the Montesquiu trademark, a classic space whose heritage dates from the 50s with artwork on the walls by artists like Tàpies, Warhol, Haring, Riera i Aragó, Alzamora, and photographs by Eugenio Recuenco which will be changed every few months. There are also display cases will DRY merchandising, cook books, and artwork by students from the Elisava Design and Engineering School.

This premises was opened to respond to the demands of travelers with a bar for a faster services and a seating area for passengers with more time. For Javier de las Muelas, “An airport is something that goes beyond a logistics transportation node. It’s a space you can relax in before going on a trip.”

Areas says that “this new outlet is a response to the company’s goals of offering quality attractive fare aligned with travelers’ tastes.” Luis Castilla, Areas’s Director of Airports at Spain and Portugal, says that “Javier de las Muelas is an example of the best in cuisine locally and internationally and will help us project a reflection of the best cuisine to the world. With this new opening, travelers will be able to enjoy a unique offering.”

This new Javier de las Muelas location at the Barcelona airport created with national and international impact and locations will offer the best of Montesquiu and Dry Martini, two renowned brands from Barcelona and an offering much appreciated by Barcelona-Madrid shuttle fliers. This space will undoubtedly turn into a meeting point as the rest of the businessman’s restaurants in Barcelona have.

Javier de las Muelas is highly regarded in this world, participating in different culinary and business forums, publishing with different media outlets, forming part of Ferrán Adrià’s Bullipedia project, and he was the director of the F&B master’s at the Hotelea college.

His experience goes all the way back to the opening in 1979 of the legendary famous Gimlet, a hot spot in Barcelona night life that tore down all the stereotypes about cocktails. Later de las Muelas made his way into the culinary world when he purchased the Montesquiu tapas bar with seasonal recipes for fans of good cooking. The Javier de las Muelas brand is present in different restaurants around Spain like Casa Fernández, Speakeasy, Dry Martini, and The Academy in Barcelona; Dry Martini Madrid, San Sebastián, Cordoba, La Toja, Granada, and outside of Spain in Singapore, Bali, Thailand, China, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico, London, Brussels, Berlin, Munich, and Prague where guests can enjoy the Dry experience with its characteristic service culture.v