Lexington Ave. Businesses Team Up to Recover from New York Steam Pipe...

Lexington Ave. Businesses Team Up to Recover from New York Steam Pipe Explosion


New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 15, 2007–The Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine Restaurant at 369 Lexington Ave. and The American Airlines Travel Center across the street at 360 Lexington Ave. (both between 40th & 41st) announced today a four week Grand Reopening Celebration beginning Monday October 15th and ending on November 9th. There will be prizes, awards, free food, and a contest to reward customers who come back to the scene of the blast.

On July 18th a high pressure steam pipe at the intersection of 41st and Lexington exploded blowing a huge crater in the street and damaging businesses all around the area. Sophie’s also had a fire break out. Nearly three months later some scaffolding remains but things are starting to return to normal in the busy neighborhood.

The Celebration includes a Contest with a grand prize of Two Free Coach Class Tickets on American Airlines to a Caribbean destination, a first prize of a Sandwich Every Week For A Year at Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine, and five second prizes of $10 Gift Certificates. To win, contestants need to visit Sophie’s or The American Airlines Travel Center on Lexington Ave. and fill out an entry form describing in 150 words or less why they are glad Sophie’s has finally reopened.

In addition, on October 15 – 17, the first 100 lunch guests will receive a $5.00 Gift Certificate; on October 22 – 24 the first 200 lunch guests will receive a Solar Powered Calculator; on October 29 – 31 each lunch guest will get a Free Side Of Plantains with their sandwich or entree. Finally, on November 5 – 7, The American Airlines Travel Center will give away Insulated Lunch Bags to the first 25 visitors each day. The contest winners will be selected on November 9th and announced on the 15th of November. On November 15th American Airlines launches service from New York to the Island of St. Lucia and on November 18th to the Island of St. Kitts.

A Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine Restaurant is very much a neighborhood kind of place – in an urban setting, designed to feel like Little Cuba where the food tastes as if it were made at home, is plentiful and the service is quick and friendly. The menu is kept very simple with an array of Cuban entrees, daily specials, sandwiches, appetizers and side dishes. Sophie’s has blended a few Peruvian offerings into the menu such as rice and chicken, marinated onions and a green chili sauce prepared according to our secret recipe. Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine is founded on the principle that everyone deserves a fast, tasty, high-quality meal without the high prices associated with most sit-down restaurants. While the Restaurant is targeted to a broad spectrum of patrons including business people and blue collar workers, you are likely to find young people, old people, white collars, blue collars, construction workers, guys and girls all together; all enjoying a fresh, value priced quick service hot meal. Designed with a sparse decor reminiscent of the restaurants you would find in Cuba, Sophie’s starts each day with completely fresh hand made dishes to delight its guests. All items are available for take out or local delivery.

American Airlines Inc. is the world’s largest carrier. With a focus on service, the Travel Center can help individuals with their needs and special travel packages or provide companies with superior “travel agency” service. Passport assistance is also available on site. Call Evelyn Reyes for more information at 212 557 2820.

Lexington Ave. Businesses Team Up to Recover from New York Steam Pipe Explosion