Mid-Continent airport may have few food options, but that could change now that we are getting our first look at the options in the new Eisenhower terminal.
Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin' Donuts, even Wichita's own River City Brewery Company -- all three are planned food stops at the new airport set to open next Spring.
Right now, most of the places to get food at Mid-Continent are located before you get through security.
That will change at the new terminal, three of the four planned food locations will be past the check point, to help move travelers past this point.
Only one stop will not. It will be a new cafe designed to look like Wichita's Old Town, to help attract travelers to go there if they stay.
Ray Bocalbos and his son are flying home to Denver after a weekend of playing basketball in Wichita.
"Before you travel, sometimes you forget to eat. Especially when you have kids, you're stressed out," Bocalbos said.
They stopped at Burger King before going through security, but both would have like something else.
"Chick-Fil-A for me is better, because my son loves chicken," Bacalbos said.
Chick-Fil-A would be an option at the new Eisenhower airport. So would Dunkin' Donuts.
"Typically we try not to have to eat here, because it's not our first choices of places to eat," said Margaret Allan, traveling through Mid-Continent Airport.
She'd chose differently with the new options being proposed.
Plus, plans call for Wichita restaurant, The River City Brewery, to open up a sit-down stop at Eisenhower, offering locally brewed beer and menu favorites.
"You have to support smaller businesses in an area or you lose those businesses, so I am all for that," said Tom Jarrett, traveler.
"Yeah, it would be great. I always like having the local cuisine, I am a big foodie," said Gary Baria, traveler.
The airport will get 10 percent of all food and drink and 12 percent of alcoholic beverage sales under the new contract. The airport is guaranteed a minimum payment of $300,000 each year.
The proposed vendor feels better food options will encourage more travelers to eat before they fly away.
"I've gone into big airports and small airports and it is nice to have a little bit of selection," Jarrett said. "Those I could find something to eat there for sure."
According to the vendor's plan, it does not look like the Burger King and other options will move over to the new airport. But the Wichita City Council still has to vote on the contract. Look for those results on Tuesday.
If all goes as planned, the new Eisenhower terminal is scheduled to open in March 2015.