When our family-owned and operated Ban Joe’s Cafe at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport closed in 2008 as a part of the airport’s major renovations, Iron Chef and Cleveland native Michael Symon went to social media, lamenting the demise of his favorite airport restaurant. As Michael’s career took off with multiple shows on the food network and cooking channel and as his restaurant empire expanded into new cities, he found himself at the airport frequently commuting between all of his business interests. His commentary attracted the attention of UCG’s second-generation family operator Ben Rababy. Ben was touched that Symon cared about his family’s restaurant and called to say thank you. Ben asked if he had ever considered a restaurant in airports. As with many chefs, Symon said he had talked to people but found it all too much and would rather stay in street locations.