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United Concessions Group (UCG) Partners with Inventors of Hamburger, Menches Bros. To Cook Up New Restaurant at Akron-Canton Airport

New Restaurant in Akron-Canton Airport Will Treat Travelers To A Chef-Inspired American-Style Cuisine, Featuring The World’s First Hamburger Recipe, Among Many American Food Favorites.

Akron, Ohio, Tuesday, February 21st, 2023: - United Concessions Group (UCG), an airport concessions company and leader in hospitality representing national and local brands in North American airports, announces the upcoming opening for their new full-service restaurant and bar at the Akron-Canton Airport, The Observation Deck.

Giving travelers a taste of history and local culture, UCG is proudly partnering with local, family-owned restaurant, Menches Brothers - The Inventors of the Original Hamburger with three restaurant locations in Akron, Canton, and Massillon.

Travelers will get to experience the world’s first hamburger recipe, and can choose from specialty burger options including the King James burger, the Hall of Fame burger, and the Observation Deck burger, to name a few.

"As we debut The Observation Deck, we are excited to combine a menu reflecting local favorites with the unique view of our active airfield," said Ren Camacho, Akron-Canton Airport President and CEO. "We have been working diligently to strengthen the sense of place for our travelers and know partnering with Menches Brothers will greatly advance those efforts.”

We are delighted to open our newest airport location with an iconic North East Ohio partner like Menches Brothers. Much like UCG, they have a generational story of a family hustling to make what they have work,” said Spencer Shaw, EVP of United Concession Group. “The Observation Deck will be a refreshing lift to the food and beverage program at CAK and we are delighted to start serving passengers come springtime.”

It has always been our dream to take our family’s original hamburger recipe and story global,” said John Menches, CEO of Menches Brothers Restaurants. “This partnership with UCG and the Akron-Canton Airport allows us to meet travelers from around the world, and adds to our mission in carrying on the legacy of our great-grandfather and great-uncle, Charles & Frank Menches.”

The Observation Deck’s signature menu will offer a variety of America’s food favorites with the option for a traditional sit-down meal or a quick grab and go. The Observation Deck is set to open mid-March 2023 just in time for spring travelers, and will be open seven days a week, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily.

About UCG

UCG has been long recognized for their family hospitality with over 40 years of tenure at their home airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. UCG has operations in three of Ohio’s airports, one Ohio street side location, and partnerships in three other Northeastern US airports.

Contact: / / 216.860.1027

About Menches Bros.

In 1885, Frank and Charles Menches invented America’s most iconic food, the hamburger. In honor of their story and legacy, Menches Brothers Restaurant was born. Owned and operated by their descendants - Menches Brothers is a family restaurant with three locations in Northeast Ohio. 

Contact: / Dani Kimble at / 330.697.0468.