Update: It’s now being reported that Timberline Steaks & Grille won’t be closing after all, but rather just the smoking lounge will be closing. The initial source was wrong.
Priority Pass, the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, has added several restaurants to their portfolio over the past couple of years. This is generally at airports where they haven’t been able to get decent contracts with lounges, so as an alternative they offer members a credit at a restaurant.
This is a fantastic perk, and makes a lot of sense. I assume that Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so with this arrangement Priority Pass is just paying the restaurants a fixed amount instead.
In terms of US locations, we have Priority Pass restaurants in Denver, Lexington, Miami, New York, Portland, and St. Louis. From restaurants’ perspectives, these arrangements have been wildly successful based on what I’ve heard. I heard one particular figure about how much one restaurant is being reimbursed by Priority Pass, and it’s beyond crazy. Not surprisingly, none of the restaurants have left the Priority Pass network… at least up until now. That’s going to be changing.
The Denver Business Journal reports that Timberline Steaks & Grille at Denver International Airport will be closing soon, in the context of a story about the airport’s only indoor smoking establishment closing.
Per the story:
The lease on the Smokin’ Bear Lodge Smoking Lounge, on Concourse C, ends Feb. 28.
The lounge is owned by Mission Yogurt, which also owns the restaurants next door, the Einstein Bros. Bagels and the Timberline Steaks & Grille, according to DIA.
The leases on the two restaurants also are ending soon, and the entire space will soon be a new restaurant, DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery said.
As of now we don’t have an exact date yet, and we also don’t know if the new larger restaurant that’s being built will be part of Priority Pass, or if Priority Pass will work with some other restaurant in the interim. What we do know is that within the next couple of months Timberline Steaks & Grille will close for some amount of time. So if you frequent Denver Airport and have enjoyed visiting the restaurant, get in one last meal or drink before this option disappears.
As soon as I know more about the future of Priority Pass at Denver Airport I’ll be sure to post.
Have you visited the Priority Pass restaurant at Denver Airport?
(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)