ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport will welcome a new business on Nov. 8, when The Legacy by ARDM Enterprises celebrates its ribbon-cutting after being selected to operate the airport’s cafe, bar and gift shop.

According to a Tompkins County press release, The Legacy by ARDM is a local Black-owned company which will run the cafe as a dining option for breakfast, lunch and dinner for those coming through the airport or others in the area.

“We’re excited for this opportunity,” said Sybil Sloan, the CEO of ARDM Enterprises. “We’ve been building our business here in Ithaca and Tompkins County over the past several years and this is a chance for us to grow and to offer an excellent menu to travelers coming in and out of our incredible airport. Our vision is to provide a unique dining experience for travelers and other customers, matching the incredible airport that we’ll be operating in. Our team is excited to serve our community and travelers.”

The Legacy will offer a “European-style breakfast, lunch buffet, and classic dinner options with a southern touch,” according to the county. The ribbon-cutting event will be on Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m., and the restaurant will debut the same day.

Interim Airport Director Roxan Noble stated, “We’re so excited for what this team has to offer, the planned menus and options available will be perfect for travelers through our airport. The atmosphere we strive to create is one that makes people feel comfortable in our space and inspired by all that Tompkins County has to offer, including our local aviation history. The Legacy by ARDM will be another inspiring aspect of our community.”

Tompkins Chamber President & CEO Jennifer Tavares and Tompkins Chamber VP of Tourism and CVB Director Peggy Coleman also welcomed ARDM Enterprises to the airport, calling it “an honor.”

Matt Butler

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