History and nostalgia are the themes for a new hotel lobby, restaurant and lounge that is set to open in the spring. For almost 20 years, an old Trans World Airlines terminal has been sitting vacant, but now it has new purpose! Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is wanting to stick with a 1960s food theme that Trans World customers would have eaten on their flights. Other notes to the 1960s time period and the airline will be the furniture, decor and the dress of the employees.
- When air travel was glamorous in the 1960s, Trans World airlines opened a futuristic new terminal at the Kennedy International Airport.
- That terminal is 200,000 square foot and connected to Jet Blue’s Terminal 5. For 18 years, it has been lying idle.
- The terminal is being reactivated as the lobby of the TWA hotel that would be run by the chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
“The chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been chosen to run a restaurant and a lounge inside the refurbished T.W.A. terminal.”