A former Rochesterian and a Greece resident have named two dining establishments at the Greater Rochester International Airport.
The new Concourse A diner will be named the Flight Deck Diner, as submitted by Lauren Oubre, a former Rochesterian who frequently flies home to visit family. The new Concourse B sports bar will be named On the ROCs Sports Bar, as submitted by Greece resident Daniel Connor.
The naming rights were part of a unique public naming contest announced in June by Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, representatives from the Greater Rochester International Airport and SSP America, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide. The contest was part of the airport’s ongoing $79 million renovation project.
“When we set out to bring a new, modern airport to Rochester, we wanted our community to be well-represented in the project, both in the final product and the process along the way,” said Dinolfo. “On the heels of opening our local ‘Taste of Rochester’ restaurant, we are thrilled that we will soon be welcoming ‘On the ROCs’ and the ‘Flight Deck Diner’ to our airport as well. I thank Lauren and Daniel for their unique suggestions and contributions to our job-creating ROC Renovation Project.”
The Flight Deck Diner includes ’50’s theme décor and will have the Ohm Special, a red, racing plane built in 1949 by Rochesterians Richard Ohm and Gordon Stoppelbein suspended above the dining area. The airport has been home to the Ohm Special for a number of years, on loan from the Glenn Curtiss Museum.
On the ROCs Sports Bar will include local sports memorabilia and décor representing Rochester’s most popular sports teams: the Rochester Red Wings, Americans, Rhinos, Rattlers, Knighthawks and the Razorsharks.
The two eateries are expected to open shortly after completion of the ROC Renovation Project, originally slated for completion sometime this month.