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3/22/2006

Travelers get a taste of 'Deuces Wild' at ACY

Starting Wednesday, March 22, travelers at Atlantic City International Airport will get a bigger and better dining experience. Lou Coccoli, Jr., president and CEO of LC3, hosted a grand opening of Deuces Wild, the new and improved food and drink emporium on the main floor of the terminal.

Mr. Coccoli began offering samples of the breakfast menu at “Deuces Wild” to the first 100 customers who appeared at 10:30 a.m. – free coffee and a continental breakfast. Then for lunch, the first 60 customers received a free hotdog with a free Red Bull drink. Patrons were also eligible for prizes and giveaways.

Two months ago, LC3 closed the snack bar called Pier 73 to make it a restaurant by installing improved seating, a bar and a 40-inch television screen for patrons – not to mention an enhanced menu. The project cost $300,000.

“Our goal is for Deuces Wild to give people a chance to relax and have a drink or a bite --to eat with family, friends or business associates before or after a flight,” said Anthony Campeggio Jr., the General Manager for LC3 at ACY.

The restaurant will open at 5 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. The concessionaire, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., also operates “Thrashers,” a full-service restaurant on the terminal's second floor, and “Krazy 8s,” a bar that gives its patrons a view of airport operations. LC3 has plans for improvements on the second-floor establishments, Campeggio said.

Deuces Wild will have a gaming theme, Campeggio said. A signature item is its Blackjack Burger, ground beef topped with Cajun spices and cheddar cheese. Patrons can be sure of getting fresh salads, plus ready-made “grab 'n go” sandwiches. The bar will offer a wide range of mixed drinks and four draft beers plus soft drinks.

The breakfast menu is also expanding – made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, such as bagels with egg and cheese or muffins with egg and cheese. Also offered are fresh baked Amoroso pastries and, of course, freshly brewed coffee and decaf, Campeggio said.

“This new venture is part of our commitment to give travelers at ACY an even more pleasant and convenient experience,” said Airport Director Thomas Rafter. Other recent improvements include upgraded instrument guided landing, flightline lighting and a new taxiway, and work is under way on an 18-month project to improve baggage handling and security screening. He said the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which owns and operates the airport, plans to build a parking garage this year.

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