Friday, February 22, 2013

Atlantic Coast Conference to open officially licensed restaurant in Raleigh airport

Who knew that collegiate conference expansion included opening up eateries in airports, too?

The Atlantic Coast Conference is slated to open its first officially licensed restaurant next year when it joins four others in Terminal 1 of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The ACC American Cafe will operate beside Char-Grill, Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, La Tapenade Mediterranean Cafe, and Starbucks, which should provide travelers with a wide variety of food and beverage options to satisy their hunger.

"RDU is excited about these new restaurants,” Airport Director Michael Landguth said in a statement. “Not only are these great concepts, but we also have two North Carolina-based restaurants as well as a commitment by the concessionaires to use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.”

What kind of grub will the ACC eatery serve up, you ask? Seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and pastas, of course. Oh, and the establishment will also boast plenty of televisions, which will show current and past ACC games for the viewing pleasure of the customers.

HOST International Inc. was awarded the prime food concession, which includes the ACC American CafĂ©, La Tapenade and Starbucks. Uptown Airport Group Inc. was awarded the quick-service food contract and will operate Char-Grill and Salsarita’s.

Sounds like a tasy deal to me.


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