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Marilyn Cunningham (from left), Carla Lewis and Karrie Austin prepare on Sunday for the opening of the new Caviar & Bananas inside Charleston International Airport. (Photo/Charlene Gunnells)

Charleston International Airport’s food offerings are expanding as its $200 million renovation terminal project nears completion.

Burger King opened Saturday, and Caviar & Bananas is expected to begin operations Tuesday morning, after technical issues delayed its planned Sunday opening, airport spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells said in an email. These eateries are beyond the security checkpoint, joining DeSano Pizza Bakery, which opened in May 2015.

Caviar & Bananas, a Charleston-based specialty gourmet market and cafe, opened in 2008. It has locations at 51 George St. and 188 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston.

Greg Leonard, general manager of Delaware North Co. at the airport, said in a news release, “Passengers now have some exciting new dining options and this will be the best of two worlds. We have a well-known national brand in Burger King and we have one of Charleston’s finest dining establishments in Caviar & Bananas.”

The Terminal Redevelopment & Improvement Program, for which ground was broken in 2012, added about 100,000 square feet to the airport, including a new ticketing hall, baggage claim area, rental car pavilion, newly renovated terminals and five new gates, for a total of 15 gates.

Some remaining projects are ongoing, such as decorating spaces with Charleston artists’ works, designing and building out the Emanuel AME Church shooting memorial and finishing work on systems underneath the airport.

Some work on the central hall on the secure side of the terminal is also ongoing. It now has floor-to-ceiling windows and tables throughout it.

The hall will eventually be filled with artwork from Lowcountry artists; a gazebo dedicated to the late Charleston blacksmith Philip Simmons; and kiosks for Harvest & Grounds and Caviar & Bananas. Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill and Caviar & Bananas restaurants will flank the space.

The kiosks, Charleston Beer Works and Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill are slated to open sometime this fall.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority contracts with Hudson Group for the airport’s retail areas and Delaware North Co. to handle the dining areas. At total buildout, about 18,000 square feet will be used by stores, restaurants and cafes.

Mead & Hunt served as the program manager for the renovation; Fentress Architects is the architect and engineer; and the joint venture Austin Hitt is the construction manager-at-risk.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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