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Delaware North, Jack Nicklaus open restaurant at Florida airport

Delaware North teamed with golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, to open a restaurant Wednesday at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill, a 100-seat restaurant opened at the airport. A second restaurant is set to open at Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, S.C., later this summer.

The Jacobs family that owns the privately held Delaware North and the family behind the Nicklaus Companies have discussed opening a restaurant together for several years. The families are well-acquainted. Jeremy M. Jacobs Sr., the chairman of Delaware North, is a founding member of The Bear’s Club, a Nicklaus-created private golf club in Jupiter, Fla.

The Florida restaurant is the first to open under the Nicklaus brand.

The Nicklauses worked closely with Delaware North, which has extensive experience in airport concessions, on the design and decor of the 2,800-square-foot, golf-themed restaurant, the company said.

Barbara Nicklaus helped Delaware North chefs prepare menu items borrowed from her own, her mother’s and her mother-in-law’s recipes. Nicklaus family members taste-tested the results, the company said.

The menu offers a range of salads, sandwiches, starters and flatbread pizzas and features lobster salad, pulled short rib sliders and artichoke and goat cheese pizza.

The partners opened the restaurant Wednesday with the Nicklauses, Jeremy Jacobs and local officials in attendance for the ceremony.

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for most major golf championships with 18. The retired golfer now designs golf courses worldwide. His Nicklaus Design, based in North Palm Beach, Fla., has offered to build two destination-caliber golf courses in Buffalo, one a smaller footprint in Delaware Park and the other a nine-hole course on a privately owned parcel near South Park.

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