LONG BEACH, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Bob Foster, SSP America Chief Operating Officer Paul Damico, Long Beach Airport Director Christine Andersen, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, and staff celebrated the arrival of the aviation-themed restaurant, Legends of Aviation, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its location in the terminal yesterday evening. The full-service restaurant will be open to the public on Sunday, March 9. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080306/NETH093 ) SSP, The Food Travel Experts, operates in airports in 28 countries, and plans to bring enhanced restaurant offerings to North American airports. The company has identified gaps in current airport food and beverage services and is using this knowledge to respond to the needs and habits of traveling consumers. The new Legends of Aviation restaurant at Long Beach Airport builds on the reputation and popularity of the original restaurant and will provide a superb dining experience for both local Long Beach residents and visitors. "We are thrilled with the new Legends of Aviation at our airport," said Long Beach airport director, Christine Andersen. "The restaurant will provide our customers with an opportunity to enjoy the kind of dining experience travelers may encounter at larger airports and international hubs." Legends Sports Bar has been an iconic brand in the Long Beach community for almost 30 years. The original restaurant is popular among local residents and affectionately known for its San Diego chicken melt and lobster rolls. The new restaurant will feature the same signature dishes that have made Legends famous. The new design:
-- Embodies the spirit of the 1940's streamline moderne design aesthetic which designated Long Beach Airport a Cultural Heritage Landmark in 1990; -- Incorporates historically significant elements to its interior walls and includes vintage photos of the airport's early days and aviation- related imagery; -- Includes warm cherry wood interiors, streamline-era brushed nickel pendant lights and sconces, and a multitude of dining opportunities including tables, banquettes and plush padded booths; -- Features a three-tiered restaurant design that includes a curving lower-level bar with panoramic views looking due west of the Long Beach airfield; -- Boasts two outdoor patios and eight flat-screen plasma televisions featuring sports, news and aviation-related programming; and -- Includes a designated "grab & go" area to meet the needs of busy travelers. "The fully remodeled Legends of Aviation Restaurant will offer quality and more variety for travelers," said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. "Long Beach welcomes SSP America and its employees working at this location." The transformation of a local staple such as Legends, is part of SSP America's vision to bring an impressive line up of international, national and local brands and concepts to North American airports. "Legends of Aviation is just one example of how we at SSP America are tailoring food and beverage offerings to local tastes, giving the traveling consumer higher quality dining choices," said Paul Damico, chief operating officer, SSP America. "It is our commitment to food travel expertise that drives SSP America's efforts to create a quality experience for every consumer."
Other SSP America expansions in 2008 include: -- George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), (Intercontinental Terminal) -- John F. Kennedy International (JFK), (Terminal Four) -- Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) -- Minneapolis-St Paul International/World-Chamberlain (MSP) -- Portland International Airport (PDX) About SSP SSP is the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations in 28 countries worldwide. The company has been operating in airports, rail stations, motorway service areas, retail parks, conference centers and other leisure locations for more than 60 years. Around the world, SSP is synonymous with many well-known international, national, local and specialty brands, such as Caffe Ritazza, Le Train Bleu, Burger King, M&S, Bonne Journee, Pizza Hut, Caviar House & Prunier, Upper Crust and Starbucks. SSP America operates in more than 42 airports across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Other third party brands in the broad portfolio include The Palm, Silver Diner, Einstein Bros, Houlihan's, Dunkin' Donuts, Panda Express, Five Guys, Chick-fil-a, Arby's, Moe's Southwest Grill, Au Bon Pain, Pizza Hut, T.G.I. Friday's, Carl's Jr., A & W and Quiznos. SSP America's brand portfolio also includes strong local icons such as Laurelwood, Pizzacato, Bill Bateman, Ram's Head, Great Dane, Las Palapas, Brew Brothers and Legends. Contact: Midy Aponte
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