Tampa International Airport opens up restaurants and shopping to non-passengers

Potbelly’s is now open for business

We have talked about the Tampa International Airport’s recent changes here on That’s So Tampa – specifically the awesome dining options available – and now the airport is rolling out passes to let non-fliers to take a stroll through TPA and partake.

Which airside will you choose?

“To those feeling left out because you can’t get to all these great restaurants and shops we’ve been touting: We heard you,” TPA CEO Joe Lopano told Channel 10. “Now families, foodies or even couples looking for a unique date experience can come try our chargrilled oysters at Ulele, sample locally brewed beer at Cigar City and shop for unique gifts and items at our duty-free and fine retail stores without having to buy a ticket.”

The All Access pass does have a few stipulations. It’s only available on Saturdays for those who sign up 24 hours in advance, and it’s limited to just 25 people a day per airside (or 100 total) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The same TSA rules apply, meaning you have to go through security like everyone else. Visitors that are under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The program starts this Saturday, May 4. You can sign up here.

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However, once you are through security, you may want to keep that belt loose because TPA’s restaurants are not packing light. You can get yourself a sub from Potbelly’s Sandwiches (Airside E), have a couple beers at either Four Green Fields (Airside E) or Cigar City Brewing (Bar and Table Service at Airside C and Taproom located in Airside F) – where they are brewing beers at the airport – or class it up at The Cafe by Mise en Place (Airside F).

Also, don’t forget about Goody Goody in Airside C and the Columbia Cafe in Airside E. You can see all the restaurants here.

So, are you ready to take your next date to the airport?

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