Two years ago the Los Angeles Barney’s Beanery chain opened in LAX’s terminal 2 by gate 22. The original Barney’s in West Hollywood opened in 1920. So it fits the trend of airports driving to host brands that are local institutions.
The airport location now offers $28 credits per person for Priority Pass cardholders. This credit is not available before 10:30 a.m.. Of course in the mornings the Virgin Atlantic clubhouse is available for Priority Pass guests albeit with limited service.
Credit: Westfield Airports
Here’s the Barney’s menu. Expect appetizers like hot wings, cheese fries and chicken fingers, and entrees like burgers, sandwiches, salads, and Mexican options. It’s basically bar food and they have a full bar. Here are reviews on Yelp.
Terminal 2 hosts Delta and its partners Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico, and WestJet along with Aer Lingus. Delta operates a bus between its gates in terminals 2, 3, and the Tom Bradley international terminal.
Joining Priority Pass can be transformational for an airport restaurant. But they are selling their food at a discount to Priority Pass.
I don’t know whether the 10:30 a.m. restriction stems from:
- The restaurant being too busy in the mornings that they can’t handle more customers or don’t want to discount
- Virgin’s lounge receiving a commitment for no competition since they have started opening in the mornings just for Priority Pass customers
I suspect it’s the latter.