UPDATE: Restaurant in new Watertown Regional Airport terminal step closer to reality (Audio)

Artist rendering of new Watertown Regional Airport terminal.

August 16, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown is a step closer to having a restaurant in the new airport terminal that opens next year.

The city council on Monday night agreed to a Resolution of Intent to enter into a lease agreement with Sean Dempsey and the Crown Corporation to lease exclusive restaurant space in the new terminal.

City Attorney Matt Roby was asked how many applications they received during the period that requests for proposals were being accepted…

Public Works Director Heath VonEye says Dempsey–and not the city– will be responsible for purchasing and outfitting the restaurant with the necessary equipment….

Dempsey plans to feature pizza by the slice, along with appetizers and beverages at the restaurant.

The lease agreement calls for the restaurant to lease a little under 300 square feet of space at $10 per square foot.

A public hearing and final vote on the lease agreement will take place September 7th.