The Ducks, in partnership with HMSHost Corporation and John Wayne Airport, will open the Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar & Grill to the general public tomorrow (Dec. 14), serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (children’s menu also available).
Earlier today, Ducks owner Susan Samueli, 2010-11 Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry
and former Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer participated in a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new restaurant, located within the airport’s brand-new Terminal C (between Gates 18 & 19). The grand opening was also attended by executive management members from the Anaheim Ducks, HMSHost and John Wayne Airport. An upscale, yet comfortable dining option for the almost nine million passengers who travel through John Wayne Airport annually, the Breakaway Bar & Grill offers a menu that features gourmet twists on favorite fare. Guests can enjoy live Anaheim Ducks and NHL action while dining at the only restaurant location at John Wayne Airport with an optimal runway-facing view.
“HMSHost and John Wayne Airport have been fantastic partners in bringing this restaurant concept to life,” said Ducks Vice President of Multi-Media and Community Development Aaron Teats. “Today’s grand opening celebrates well over a year of planning and preparation, and we thank our partners for the opportunity to expose travelers to the Ducks hockey brand in such a unique way.”
Guests at the Breakaway Bar & Grill will enjoy familiar surroundings, as restaurant décor includes memorabilia that celebrates the history and success of the Anaheim Ducks, including its Stanley Cup championship in 2007. The design of the restaurant evokes a feeling of enjoying a hockey game: a glass-surrounded seating area with gigantic hockey sticks framing the bar, painted goalie masks, along with pucks embedded in the floor. Flat screen televisions on either side of the restaurant highlight great moments in Ducks history. The 2,400-square foot eatery seats 94 patrons and was designed by Los Angeles-based Flex Designs, Inc.
“HMSHost and the Anaheim Ducks make a great team,” said John Wayne Airport Director Alan L. Murphy. We’re pleased that they are bringing our passengers a terrific new restaurant that offers some of the best seats in the house – overlooking our runway.”
The Ducks are the first Southern California professional sports team and the third NHL club to open a franchise-themed restaurant concept at a metropolitan-area airport (also “Sharks Cage” at Mineta San Jose International Airport and “Blackhawks Restaurant” at Chicago O’Hare International Airport). With multiple sources of inspiration, the menu is a combination of upscale bar favorites, South-of-the-Border flavors as well as fresh, California-infused cuisine. Guests on hand at today’s grand-opening celebration enjoyed samples of the Shrimp Tacos (pasilla chiles, carmelized onion, cilantro, queso fresco & avocado crema), Charcuterie (Serrano ham, speck, piccante salami, pickled onion, toasted raisin pecan break, fig jam & mixed rosemary olives) and the Stacked Ribeye Sandwich (Tillamook cheddar, crispy onion strings, applewood smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise on a toasted brioche roll). Hand-crafted signature cocktails of both the alcohol and non-alcohol variety are poured at the Ducks-themed bar.
“It is our pleasure to offer travelers the first-ever Anaheim Ducks restaurant – another iconic Orange County brand – to John Wayne Airport’s lineup of great restaurants,” said Anthony Alessi, Vice President, Business Development for HMSHost. “The Breakaway Bar & Grill is where travelers can find a great meal, see team memorabilia and celebrate the Anaheim Ducks team and its players.” About HMSHost
HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining and shopping for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.5 billion and employs more than 34,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move. With sales of over €5.7 billion in 2010, the Group operates in 37 countries and employs some 62,000 people. It manages over 5,300 stores in more than 1,200 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information and find us on Facebook at HMSHost Making the Traveler’s Day Better. About John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue. The Airport serves approximately nine million passengers annually, reaches 20 non-stop destinations in the United States and Canada and is served by 10 commercial passenger airlines. More information can be found at www.ocair.com.