Concessions Up For Bid At Love Field's New Terminal
The divisive battle over Love Field concessions came down to a vote split right along racial lines at Dallas City Hall. By an eight-to-seven margin, two no-bid contracts were defeated and a plan was adopted to put all restaurant and retail space in the new terminal up for bid. The eight votes were cast by the council’s white majority while the seven came from the Black and Hispanic members. Of the two current vendors at Love Field, the one running the shops is mostly Black-owned while the one running the restaurants is owned mostly by Hispanics. The result of the vote reverses efforts to give the minority-owned companies mostly no-bid deals. That infuriated council member Carolyn Davis, who is black. She told Mayor Tom Leppert, who is white, that she is “…going to remember this one…” the next time Leppert seeks her vote.