March 11 2013  |  Airline & Terminal News

RDU, HMSHost plans ACC sports-themed outlet for 2014

By Rick Lundstrom

Three HMSHost restaurants at Raleigh-Durham International Airport are part of a Terminal 1 Modernization Project is slated to be completed in early 2014.

RDU will have the first ever ACC American Café, as well as HMSHost’s own La Tapenade restaurant and a Starbucks outlet.

“With so much history in this area, the ACC American Café will be a hit with all ACC fans, no matter what team you support, and together with Starbucks and La Tapenade, the combination will be just the right offering,” said Ingrid Hairston, Business Development Officer at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The Raleigh-Durham area is a hotbed for the Atlantic Coast Conference sports, one of the country’s most storied and prolific college sports conferences. The walls of the Café will be covered in historic photos, “Player of the Week” features, real-time scoreboards and live ACC Network games. The menu at ACC American Café will have fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Salads will be made with seared tofu, blackened tilapia, lemon-thyme chicken or cabernet-marinated flat iron steak. Travelers can also choose from a variety of sandwiches, such as genuine North Carolina barbecue or tilapia with Georgia peach relish, and signature dishes like the jalapeno glazed half chicken.

Some of the proceeds from The ACC American Café will be used to sponsor scholarships as part of the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship program. The scholarships are awarded annually to select student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergrad requirements. HMSHost will also offer internship opportunities for ACC students who are studying in fields such as restaurant management, construction management and culinary development.

Joining the ACC American Café is La Tapenade, HMSHost’s exclusive Mediterranean café that offers a variety of fresh and healthy sandwiches and flatbread pizzas topped with fire-roasted vegetables, specialty meats and a broad assortment of cheeses. HMSHost will also be opening a Starbucks which will offer coffee grab-and-go menu items.

“We are proud to partner with HMSHost to bring the pageantry and excitement of the ACC and our member institutions to the patrons of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This is a terrific opportunity to showcase our league's student athletes, coaches, teams and institutions in a first-class environment.” 

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