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      Hancock Airport to offer more food choices

      Construction is scheduled to begin this week to renovate the two Sbarro restaurants at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse.

      Delaware North Companies, the operator of the food, beverage and retail concessions at the airport, will handle the $400,000 renovation plan as part of a three-year extension to the concession agreement with the city.

      The restaurant before security in Terminal A and the one past security in Terminal B will undergo a complete renovation to create two new restaurants, the Gateway Grill and Wine Bar.

      The Terminal A location will move into a new location past security. Both locations will have a new concept and a new menu.

      "This is very exciting and long overdue," said Commissioner of Aviation Christina Reale. "The traveling public has been asking for something different, and I am confident that they will like what they see. It was also important that we look at how we serve the flying public, and converting the pre-security Sbarro restaurant in Terminal A into a post-security facility will give tens of thousands of passengers more options."

      The new menu at the Gateway Grill and Wine Bar locations will offer an array of freshly prepared items and a variety of local products, including familiar names such as Hoffman, Gianelli and Dinosaur BBQ.

      "We thank the City and the airport for the opportunity to refresh the dining experience at the airport with a broader menu that will also celebrate some of Syracuse's distinct tastes," said Matt King, president of Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services.

      Construction is expected to take about six weeks. During that time, temporary kiosks will be set up in both terminals, after security check-in to ensure the flying public has access to concession services.