From locals eager for a last taste of home before jetting off to travelers in town for just a few hours, the Cafe Kubal kiosk was a popular spot at Hancock International Airport. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Sarah Blazonis tells us why the owner dismantled it this week and whether it could return anytime soon.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Matt Godard says a lot of care goes into each cup of coffee brewed at Cafe Kubal.
Baristas are specially trained to make sure customers get a unique cup they can't find just anywhere.
And when the opportunity arose last year to open a kiosk in Hancock International Airport, he embraced it.
"I'm from Syracuse, born and raised. What better way to represent my hometown than to have my coffee at the airport?" asked Matt Godard, Cafe Kubal owner.
Godard says the spot took off, with concession sales going up 50 percent after the cafe set up shop.
But when Creative Food Group took over the concession contract, he was told Cafe Kubal wasn't part of their proposal.
As of this week, they're no longer serving at Hancock.
Godard said, "There's hope that we will be able to have some sort of a presence there. It has not been identified explicitly at this point with what sort of signage we're allowed to have. I think a lot of that is being dictated by the new group."
Airport officials say travelers will notice more changes once the new concession contract officially kicks in on April 1, and that includes featuring local businesses.
Christina Callahan, Syracuse Regional Transportation Authority said, "It was actually part of our request for proposals, we specifically asked concessionaires to include both nationally recognized brands and local brands, which is how we ended up with a Middle Ages Brew Pub."
Godard says he's seen an outpouring of support from loyal customers.
And while he's disappointed about the move, there are also exciting changes ahead for his business.
Godard added, "We're not, like, getting beat. We think of this as a learning experience, and we do have the mobile cafe rolling out this spring."
Cafe Kubal products may also be available in venues within the airport.
But for now, it's going to be harder for people just passing through to get a handmade cup.