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8th & Roast Coffee Co. Opens in Nashville International Airport

HMSHost brings beloved local café experience to travelers

Celebrating the opening, left to right: Jay Greenberg, Senior Director of Operations at Nashville International Airport, HMSHost; David Speegle, Culinary Director, 8th & Roast; Edward Reed, CFO and Owner, 8th & Roast; Q Taylor, Owner, 8th & Roast; Sam Reed, Partner, 8th & Roast; Doug Kreulen, President and CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.

Nashville International Airport continues to delight travelers by bringing the city’s charm into the airport. A distinct member of Nashville’s 8th Avenue / Melrose neighborhood is now represented in the airport with the opening of 8th & Roast Coffee Co. by global restaurateur HMSHost. Located in the airport’s Concourse C, 8th & Roast serves house roasted coffee and espresso, as well as freshly made grab & go sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries for which the brand is so well-known.

“HMSHost is thrilled to bring 8th & Roast to Nashville travelers with the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Kent Vanden Oever. “It is exciting to continue to blur the line between the airport and the local community with great Nashville-based food and beverage companies.”

8th & Roast began serving Nashville in 2009, and continues to build a following as a coffeehouse with a carefully crafted espresso and coffee program. The business also operates as a craft coffee roaster producing in-house roasted coffee for wholesale customers. 8th & Roast’s coffee is hand-selected and acquired directly through producing country supply chains. The team secures the best quality coffees at harvest and maintains that quality all the way to the cup.

“We’ve always believed that the airport is the front door of Nashville, and it’s really exciting that we’re joining their growing list of local offerings. We appreciate the opportunity to expose thousands of daily travelers to the craft coffee experience,” said Ed Reed, owner of 8th & Roast. “8th & Roast is known for providing quality products for people on the go, so travelers to and from Nashville can count on fresh, delicious offerings and coffee that’s been roasted and brewed with care.”

Menu features at the airport reflect the street location. Travelers can enjoy a variety of 8th & Roast’s signature menu items, including breakfast items like burritos, muffins, and scones, as well as sandwiches, salads, vegan and vegetarian offerings, and pastries.

“We are delighted to welcome another local restaurant to Nashville International Airport – 8th & Roast Coffee Co., operated by our long-time partner HMSHost,” said Doug Kreulen, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO. “BNA is known for its reflection of Music City, and locals and visitors alike are sure to enjoy 8th & Roast’s house-roasted coffees and food offerings. Congratulations.”

HMSHost operates several restaurants at Nashville International Airport, providing original and regional dining experiences to travelers such as Berry Field Bistro, Tennessee Tavern, Gibson Café, the new Fat Bottom Brewing and the recently expanded Yazoo Beer, and more. A list of existing HMSHost-operated locations at Nashville International Airport is available on the HMSHost location finder map.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA)

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) was established in 1970, and owns and operates Nashville International Airport (BNA) and John C. Tune Airport (JWN). With more than 14.1 million passengers visiting each year, Nashville International Airport is the fourth fastest growing airport among the top 50 airports in North America. BNA serves 450 daily flights to more than 65 nonstop markets. It is now the 33rd busiest airport in the U.S. MNAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA Vision, our growth and expansion plan for the airport, at

About 8th & Roast Coffee Co.

8th & Roast Coffee Co. is a full-service coffee shop and craft coffee roastery in Nashville, TN. Founded in 2009, the company has relationships with farmers around the world to secure and serve Nashville the freshest & most ethically traded coffee available. The coffeehouse in 8th Ave/Melrose offers a carefully crafted espresso and coffee program and an array of house made breakfast, lunch and bakery items available daily. 8th & Roast also operates a successful wholesale business, supplying coffee to local restaurants, cafes, and hotels. The 8th & Roast staff provides training, equipment maintenance, and quality control efforts to clients. Later this year, 8th & Roast will open its second coffee shop and roaster in Sylvan Station at 4104 Charlotte Ave. 8th & Roast Coffee Co. is owned by Reed Hospitality, including Ed and Sam Reed, and Q-Juan Taylor. From a global network of fair trade farmers to the freshest cup of craft coffee possible, 8th & Roast’s mission is simple: educate, inspire & serve. For more information & online purchases, visit 8th & Roast online.


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