These New Restaurants Are Coming to Army, Air Force Bases in 2019

Festival attendees line up at the world's largest take-out box to try Panda Express' General Tso's Chicken at Chinatown Summer Nights on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Panda Restaurant Group/AP Images)
Festival attendees line up at the world's largest take-out box to try Panda Express' General Tso's Chicken at Chinatown Summer Nights on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Panda Restaurant Group/AP Images)

Panda Express and Muscle Maker Grill are among the new restaurants coming to Air Force and Army bases this year, officials with the Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES) told Military.com.

AAFES manages restaurant contracts on Army and Air Force bases, including deals with familiar brands such as Subway and Starbucks. Other restaurants, like P.F. Chang's, currently at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and coming soon to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, are contracted by base morale and welfare officials.

On-base food fans will get a break from Burger King and Taco Bell this year, as officials open a variety of new options and expand others.

Chinese fast-food restaurant Panda Express will open this year at Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Benning and Fort Stewart, Georgia; and Travis Air Force Base, California, AAFES officials said.

Healthy menu-focused Muscle Maker Grill will open additional locations at Benning; Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; and, according to the company's website, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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Qdoba, which opened on several bases last year, including Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Lee, Virginia; and Fort Stewart, Georgia, will add more military locations.

While a Change.org petition to bring Chick-fil-A to bases continues to circulate and had collected nearly 88,000 signatures as of this writing, AAFES officials declined to comment on whether the restaurant will make an on-base appearance.

AAFES officials said they also will be bringing in a few less well known restaurant chains.

Chopz, a fast-food outlet that offers healthy options focused on salads, subs, burritos and wraps, will open at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, they said. And Slim Chickens, a fast-food chain primarily located in Texas and Oklahoma, will open locations at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Hood, Texas, later this year, they added.

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