'Bon voyage' from airport’s Boulevard Café
Boulevard Café at LF Wade International Airport served up its last meals yesterday, after almost 20 years of service to passengers, airport and airline personnel, US Customs, Bermuda Customs, Immigration and all travellers passing through the airport.
The business is in the “old” terminal, which was superseded when the new terminal opened today.
Nicola (Nicky) Russo, general manager of the airport’s food and beverage concessions, and Angelo D’Amata, executive chef, said they were “fortunate to have a phenomenal team that never faltered when there were delays or diversions”.
Mr Russo said the many Bermudians who worked there over the years were “too many to mention” and all were offered ongoing positions with the company, although some had chosen to go and work at the new terminal.
Dale Butler, a former director of the company, said: “Every time Nicky and his team were asked to step up they did and over the years handled delays and late night diverted flights whenever needed.”
Airport duty officer, Charlotte Bosch De Noya, said: “I have had the pleasure of working with Nicky Russo and his Cafe Boulevard and Sportbar teams for the past 14 years. Over that time I have not only enjoyed countless meals myself, but also come to appreciate them as an amazing asset both to the entire east end, and of course the airport community.
“Running a restaurant in an airport environment is entirely different than other locations and Nicky and his team have always gone above and beyond to make sure that staff and passengers were well looked after.”
At a free breakfast provided on Tuesday for all airport personnel, Wesley Trott said that they were all grateful for the service over the years and wished Nicky all the best in his endeavours going forward.
Nicky is grateful he will no longer be receiving calls at 2am from the airport and whilst he will miss all of the camaraderie with the airport staff, he will not miss the daily trek from Southampton to the airport. He wished all the best to the entire airport team in their new home “across the way”.