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Derek Jeter Wants to Be an Airport Restaurant Mogul

Why play baseball when you can feed grumpy travelers?

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Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter is trading in the baseball diamond for the Tampa International Airport. According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, he plans to open a restaurant called The Players' Tribune Bar & Grill within the airport. Jeter submitted a bid to open a 3,439-square-foot "sports lounge" that will serve an "upscale" menu. Possible dishes include braised porchetta, garbanzo bean soup, and a roasted pear salad.

While Jeter's name is not on the restaurant, his presence is definitely felt. There's a dish called the Jeter Burger, and photos of him "decorate the menu." The restaurant will also feature iPads at "virtually every seat" so that customers can read Jeter's media site The Players' Tribune. There is no word on whether or not the tablets feature ordering capabilities, a growing trend in the industry. Jeter's legendary status in the sports world might not be enough to win over the airport, however. He is competing with chains like Chili's and Bonefish Grill for the space.

If his bid for the Tampa International Airport fails, perhaps he can join forces with fellow sports star-turned-Floridian-restauratuer Tiger Woods. The golf champion is spending $8 million to open The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining club in Jupiter, which slated to open this spring.

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