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If that's not enough for you, go wild with some Oreos, Reese's or Fruit Loops on top. It was the first concession to open in the airport’s expansive culinary makeover, part of the million “A Brighter TUS” project that started last March to improve passenger terminals.

Wrap N' Roll is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. Noble Hops, modeled after the Oro Valley restaurant of the same name and borrowing a streamlined version of its gastropub menu, is one of two concessions in the pre-security area, meaning you don’t have to have a plane ticket or go through a security checkpoint to have a pint of Tucson Barrio Blonde and the popular housemade mac ’n’ cheese.

One of Tucson's best sushi bars is about to open a traditional Japanese ramen shop, with 10 varieties of ramen on the menu.

Jun and Diana Arai of the east-side's Ginza Sushi plan to open Raijin Ramen, named after the Shinto god of thunder, in the former Saga Sushi spot at 2955 E. The couple hopes to open as early as mid-December, as soon as the permitting process goes through.

It was right then, about two years ago on a family trip, that he knew he wanted to open a Thai ice cream shop back home in Tucson.

The 20-year-old Omar is Palestinian, but his family is actually from Saudi Arabia and is involved with the local Muslim community here.

The only national chains heading to the airport are Dunkin’ Donuts, Bruegger’s Bagels and Built Custom Burgers — the first Arizona outpost of the California fast-casual chain.“All of these are local concepts so it’s really exciting,” said Tucson Airport Authority public information officer Jessie Butler.

The Tucson restaurant owners don’t really make any money in the deal, said Flores and Noble Hops owner Suzanne Kaiser. Jeffcoat said he and his staff are quick to let customers know the airport restaurant’s origin.“I have people ask ‘Why Noble Hops?

Near the gates, ticketed passengers can now have a taco or burger and beer from the truncated version of Sir Veza’s Taco Garage or a sandwich and pastry from Beyond Bread — two more recently opened local concepts getting some airport love.(Arbuckle’s Coffee opened last week near the lower level baggage claim.)The restaurant has a wraparound full-service bar with flat-screen TVs and a small dining room with a handful of tables, but it is the patio with its mint-colored puffy benches and chairs overlooking the TIA parking lot that has proved to be a big draw.That and being on the ticketing level creates opportunities for the brewpub to become a go-to restaurant/bar for guests from the nearby hotels, said Noble Hops manager Morgan Jeffcoat.“We get lots of people who come from the hotels that don’t have restaurants or bars, or they may be closed by the time (travelers) get in,” Jeffcoat said at the beginning of the lunch rush last Friday as the barstools filled up and passengers loaded down with luggage plopped into the half-dozen dining room tables.’ and we tell them it’s a gastropub in Oro Valley,” he said, as a server delivered the Schanks’ hot dogs and pretzel to their patio table.Schank said the prices were pretty reasonable; the Sonoran hot dog was and the pretzel that came with housemade cheese sauce was .

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