Wednesday, August 30, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . August 30, 2006 . . . Turfway Park LLC, a Thoroughbred racetrack in Northern Kentucky, has announced the formation of Turfway Concessionaire, a wholly owned subsidiary of the racetrack corporation. The new company, which opened for business July 1, oversees the track's restaurant, concession, and banquet services. Such services had previously been outsourced to Sportservice, which had held the track's food and beverage contract since 1986.
Turfway Concessionaire is headed by Food and Beverage Director Michael Seader, most recently general manager of the Florence location of Rafferty's. The operation's executive chef is Kevin Kangas, who has filled similar roles at Cincinnati's Touch of Elegance, River Galley, and Village Pantry Catering.
"Turfway Concessionaire not only offers Turfway Park a new revenue stream but also allows us to exercise direct, hands-on control of products and services we offer our patrons," said track president Robert N. Elliston. "Our primary goal is to make Turfway Park the destination of choice for entertainment, and that requires outstanding food and beverage service with a wide range of options including premium brands. We have already received positive feedback from our patrons and are confident that Turfway Concessionaire will play a significant part in meeting our goal."
In addition to concession stands throughout the facility, Turfway also offers casual dining at the Homestretch restaurant and bar and full-service on-site catering for groups from 10 to 4,000. The track's infield is available to larger groups.
Live racing returns to Turfway September 6 for the 22-day Fall Meet, but simulcast racing and food and beverage service are offered all year. The track is generally open Wednesday through Sunday each week, with other days added as simulcast racing schedules progress around the country.