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BOISE - The Boise Airport plans to give visitors a taste of Idaho's capital city.

A new concessions plan, featuring local companies, was unveiled at the airport Tuesday morning.

"We want to use Boise to sell Boise," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, who was on hand for the announcement. "We want them on their first step into town to understand a little bit about it."

Bieter says the existing concession contracts were up this year. And while the airport could have decided to renew those contracts, they instead opted to try some home-town branding.

"(It's) an opportunity to involve local companies in that process and see if we can't showcase what we have here," said Bieter.

Starting in October, some favorite Boise restaurants, breweries, and retailers will have a home in the airport.

So far, they include Bardenay restaurant, Big City Coffee, Parilla Grill, Einstein Bros. Bagels and the Boise Co-op, among others.

"In Bardenay's case, we were the first restaurant in America ever to have a distillery and make their own rum, gin and vodka," said Bardenay President and CEO Kevin Settles. "And be able to put that store in front of passengers flying in and out of Boise at the airport I think is a great opportunity and it sets the tone."

Additionally, Delaware North will sell locally-sourced food and beverage such as beer from Sockeye Brewing Co. and Crooked Fence, wine from Cinder Wines, coffee from Flying M and bakery items from Zeppole Baking Company.

A multi-million dollar facility upgrade will take place over an eight month period to ensure food and beverage and retail shops will be available for travelers during the transition.

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