SSP America to open Deschutes Brewery and Hopworks Urban Brewery to Portland International Airport

Local Deschutes Brewery and Hopworks Urban Brewery Partner with SSP America

London, 2017-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded by the Port of Portland Commission two new contracts to bring renowned local craft brewers, Deschutes Brewery and Hopworks Urban Brewery to Portland International Airport. The award-winning Deschutes Brewery, an Oregon craft beer pioneer, will join the Concourse D concessions program and Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), Portland’s first eco-brewpub, will join Concourse E. The Port of Portland Commission approved the contracts at its Wednesday, August 9 meeting.

“With more than 260 craft breweries throughout the state and 19 million annual brewery visitors, the craft beer industry is a cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest experience and a tradition embraced by locals and tourists alike,” said Chris Czarnecki, Port of Portland director of PDX terminal business and properties. “For that reason, it’s our pleasure to welcome two of Oregon’s most celebrated breweries to the food and beverage program at PDX, where they will further the local presence so widely appreciated by our passengers.”Family and employee owned since 1988, Deschutes Brewery has become the cornerstone of Central Oregon’s flourishing craft brew culture. Known for its generous use of whole hops in its defining beers, the brewery also keeps fans on the edge of their bar stools with the release of small batch experimental beers each season. Now available in 29 states and Washington D.C., Deschutes’ flagship brewpub in Bend has been joined by a main brewing facility, a pub in Portland that is known for its scratch kitchen led by Executive Chef Jill Ramseier, and coming in 2021, a new east coast brewery in Roanoke, Virginia.

Founded in 2007 by Brewmaster, Christian Ettinger, HUB is the definitive modern day Portland brewpub with a robust and hearty menu. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced, organic, and Salmon-Safe hops, the 20-barrel brewery produces 13,500 barrels of beer a year for its three brewpubs and distribution throughout the Northwest. HUB is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, and donates 1% of their beer sales to environmental causes.

“We fell in love with our planet while traveling the world in search of great beer,” said HUB brewmaster and founder, Christian Ettinger. “As champions of sustainability, we couldn’t be more honored to become beer ambassadors for the best brewing city on earth in the best airport in the country. We are so excited to welcome travelers to Portland with a cold pint of organic beer in our new, beautifully designed pub!”

SSP America’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Svagdis commented: “At SSP America we believe restaurants are at the heart of every community’s story, and airports play a leading role in telling that story. Bringing these two extraordinary breweries to PDX is a wonderful example of our passion for community anchored dining at the airport.”

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SSP America opens new food hall Marche C at Tampa International Airport

SSP America opens new food hall Marche C at Tampa International Airport

 

London, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has announced the opening of Marche C at Tampa International Airport, which is part of a larger 10-year contract to operate 14 units at the airport. An immensely large food hall, Marche C draws travelers in with an impressive group of local, Tampa culinary heroes including Goody Goody, Ulele and Café con Leche Ybor City from Columbia Restaurant Group, as well as Bavaros, Fitlife Foods and Louis Pappas Fresh Greek.

With the original restaurant opening in 1905, the Columbia Restaurant Group (CRG) has been instrumental in building the Tampa culinary scene. Still owned and operated by the founding family, CRG restaurants Ulele, Goody Goody and Café con Leche Ybor City were the perfect choice for TPA Marche C.  Ulele offers travelers charbroiled and raw oysters, grouper and chicken as well as craft beers and cocktails. Founded in 1925 and reopened after a 12-year hiatus, Goody Goody features burgers, pies and fries as well as breakfast sandwiches. A new concept created specifically for Marche C, Café con Leche Ybor City offers travelers a variety of coffees brewed in Tampa’s Ybor City, as well as delicious churros and pastries.

“We are tremendously excited for our three restaurants to join our restaurant friends and colleagues here at Marche C,” said Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation “caretaker” of the Columbia Restaurant Group. “Airports form travelers’ first and last impressions of an area. With Tampa International now offering a wide array of flavors from locally owned, family businesses, the best airport in the country now becomes the one with the best taste, too.”

Staying true to the Pappas family’s core values of pure Greek cooking, Louis L. Pappas continues almost a century of Pappas tradition with his fast casual concept, Louis Pappas Fresh Greek. Louis Pappas Fresh Greek serves up authentic Greek cuisine to a new generation of today’s busy customers who refuse to choose between convenience and great taste.  Using only the freshest and healthiest of ingredients, the talented chefs at Louis Pappas Fresh Greek have brought a true taste of Tampa to Marche C.

Speaking on the opening, Louis Pappas said, “Louis Pappas Fresh Greek is proud to be among the Tampa Bay area restaurants chosen to part of Tampa International’s new look. Louis Pappas Fresh Greek and our partner, SSP America will continue to provide a high standard of food quality and service to busy travelers, representing Tampa Bay with pride.”

Prior to opening Bavaro’s, founder Dan Bavaro traveled to Italy to learn firsthand the art of Neapolitan pizza making from 3rd generation Neapolitan family bakers. When he returned, Bavaro created a menu is focused around a stunning imported wood-fired brick oven hand crafted and brought over from Naples.  At Marche C, travelers flock to the crackling sound of the flamed 900 degree oven and the sweet aroma of fresh, Italian flavors.

When asked about the grand opening, Bavaro said, “We are honored to partner with SSP America and Tampa International Airport, and are incredibly excited about the opportunity to share our passion with travellers at Marche C.”

David Osterweil’s Fitlife Foods will offer passengers flavor-forward, healthy grab-and-go meals specifically prepared to power your travel endurance.  Using fresh local ingredients, salads, wraps and expertly crafted meals and snacks are perfectly portioned, and meet every dietary preference including gluten-free, low-carb and vegetarian.

Commenting on the opening, Osterweil said, “We’re excited to be a part of this opportunity and represent Tampa and the local business community. At Fitlife Foods, we are committed to powering travelers to be at their best with our fresh, grab and go items that are nutritious, delicious and perfectly crafted from scratch.  It’s time to energize people moving through TPA!”

SSP America CEO Michael Svagdis commented, “We are honored to deliver a concept that is tailored to TPA’s vision of an extraordinary passenger experience that attracts travelers from around the globe.The restaurants at Marche C will truly offer TPA travelers a taste of place.”

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SSP America announces the opening of The Eatery at Tampa International Airport

London, 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has announced the opening of a 7,700 square-foot marché at Tampa International Airport comprised of six brands which offer the TPA traveler a memorable taste of the Tampa Bay region.

The opening of The Eatery at Terminal F is part of a larger 10-year, $298 million contract awarded by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority to operate 14 units occupying over 22,168 square feet at Tampa International Airport (TPA). Tampa International Airport is one of the region’s most significant economic engines, with a total economic output of more than $7 billion. The airport and its tenants employ more than 7,000 people on the airport campus and support more than 80,000 jobs in the community. TPA reported more than 18.9 million passengers in 2016.

>Michael Svagdis, SSP America Chief Executive Officer commented, “There’s a great synergy among this all-star group which includes our operating partner Perez of Florida Inc. and design team Alfonso Architects as well as this extraordinary group of local restaurant leaders. We are passionate about this long-term partnership and a collective focus on bringing the TPA passengers a unique taste of place from the Tampa Bay region.”

“Having worked with SSP America since 2001 as an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), I love that my own passion for great local restaurants is equaled by the SSP America team. And, of course, it’s great to see these amazing local brands continue to expand and develop their businesses airside,” said Ruben Perez, President of Perez of Florida, Inc.

SSP America is proud to have also partnered with Alfonso Architects, a Tampa based Architectural Design firm with a history of delivering many iconic and complex projects at Tampa International Airport including Airside C, the recent International Addition to Airside F, and the exciting new Eatery at Airside F. Over 5 years ago HCAA envisioned a unique dining experience at Airside F that would raise the bar on dining for travelling airport guests.  Ultimately SSP America and Alfonso Architects were entrusted to deliver this new groundbreaking venue by assembling local and national brands in a high energy, modern Marche atmosphere.

TPA Marché F offers passengers a local market-place style eatery with multiple paying options, either at the counter where they order or at a central point of service location.

Bella Veloce: Opened in 1986, Bella’s Italian Café has become a Tampa star known for its authentic Italian food and warm, welcoming neighborhood ambience. At The Eatery, Bella Veloce will emphasize a carefully curated “best of” list, focusing on its hot-from-the-brick-oven pizza, mouthwatering sandwiches and garden-fresh salads. When asked about the opening, general manager Eric Potts said,“After 30 years in south Tampa we are honored to join SSP America’s TPA concessions team and are very excited about the exposure and the opportunity to reach new customers.”

Square 1: At Tampa’s own Square 1, all proteins are hormone and antibiotic-free, from the 100% all-natural Angus beef to ground chicken and buffalo—there’s even a juicy grilled Portobello burger for vegetarian travelers. Owners Joanie Corneil, Bill Shumate and Ray Leich source ingredients from the best purveyors, using only the finest seasonal produce, creamery-fresh dairy and fresh baked breads. Vice President Bill Milner said, “Square 1 is excited to partner with SSP America and TPA to bring our 11th location to market. Square 1 is an up-and-coming concept that appeals to all demographics. The exposure for Square 1 at the airport is incredible, and the partnership will only strengthen our brand.”

Buddy Brew: Brew Good and Do Good. That’s the Buddy Brew motto, reflecting Dave and Susan Ward’s commitment to sourcing the highest quality beans from the most dedicated sustainable farmers around the world. It also translates to the meticulous care in how the coffee is prepared, from hand roasting the beans to grinding and brewing them at the peak of freshness. Speaking on the opening, Ward said, “We couldn’t be more honored to represent Tampa by having a Buddy Brew Coffee bar at The Eatery. The opportunity to be exposed to domestic and international travelers in this wonderful airport is beyond measure.”

Fitlife Foods: David Osterweil’s Fitlife Foods offers passengers flavor-forward, healthy grab-and-go meals specifically prepared to power your travel endurance. Using fresh local ingredients, salads, wraps and expertly crafted meals and snacks are perfectly portioned, and meet every dietary preference including gluten-free, low-carb and vegetarian. Commenting on the opening, Osterweil said, “We’re excited to be a part of this opportunity and represent Tampa and the local business community. At Fitlife Foods, we are committed to powering travelers to be at their best with our fresh, grab-and-go items that are nutritious, delicious and perfectly crafted from scratch.”

Yogurtology: Yogurtology is known as “the art + science of frozen yogurt” and provides a truly memorable self-serve experience. Perfectly sized for travelers on the go and packed with the necessary vitamins and probiotic cultures to make it through the day. Director of Operations Kyle Walker commented, “We’re beyond excited to have the opportunity to share our fabulous product with everyone that travels through our great city. It truly has been an awesome experience bringing the local fare to TPA and giving them a little taste of what Tampa really has to offer!”

Liquid Provisions: A focal point in The Eatery, Liquid Provisions is an “effortlessly cool” spot created just for the TPA passengers. A full service bar punctuated by local craft beer offers a welcome respite from the stresses of travel while and a small plate menu featuring shareable plates like the charcuterie & cheese board, or forward-thinking twists on the classics like the smoked gouda mac & cheese or roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon-butter, honeyed golden raisins and shaved Reggiano. SSP America Vice President of Business Development, John Clark commented, “We are honored to deliver a concept that is tailored to TPA’s vision of an extraordinary passenger experience that attracts travelers from around the globe. Liquid Provisions will truly offer TPA travelers a taste of place.”

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SSP America announces the opening of Valentine Coffee at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport

SSP America announces the opening of Valentine Coffee at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport

 

LONDON, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today (19-Jan-2017) the opening of Valentine Coffee at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE).

Valentine Coffee Roasters is a popular Milwaukee specialty coffee brand and retail store developed by Robb Kashevarof who was later joined by Joe Gilsdorf. Both are experienced food, wine and coffee professionals and residents of Milwaukee. Kashevarof started roasting coffee in his garage, one half pound at a time, micro-analyzing every step involved in order to eventually sell his first cup of coffee to a farmer at a market who took a sip and said, “That’s damn good coffee.” Then, he dropped a bag of snap peas on the table as payment. Gilsdorf joined the team as the business took off, and today, Valentine Coffee is still roasted in small batches using top-tier, rigorously graded, traceable coffees.

“We have an outstanding collection of local and national brands here at MKE,” Airport Director Izzy Bonilla said.  “The new Valentine Coffee locations give travelers another opportunity to sample our local Milwaukee flavor, and we’re glad to partner with SSP America to offer Valentine’s great product.”

The new locations at MKE featuring Valentine Coffee are available on Concourse C, Concourse D, and in the Concession Mall. The stores carry baked goods from Wild Flour Bakery, a woman owned business led by Dolly Mertens, which has four retail locations serving Downtown, Bay View and the South Side.

SSP America has been a food and beverage operator at MKE since 2009, proudly operating seven locations in the airport including Northpoint Custard, Nonna Bartolotta and Pizzeria Piccolla—all in partnership with the renowned Milwaukee-based Bartolotta Restaurants.

Kashevarof commented, “Joe, our team and I have a passion for focusing on the process of how to make a great a cup of coffee. It’s the fun part of our job, and it’s humbling. We’re proud to be part of the MKE community because we’re first and foremost roasters who hail from the incredible Milwaukee craft and artisan culture. So, to all the folks getting ready to hop on a plane at MKE, we have a locally roasted freshly brewed cup of coffee waitin’ for you!”

Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer of SSP America mentioned, “At SSP America we have a passion for delivering our airport partners a ‘taste of place’—the favorite local restaurants that make a region special. Valentine Coffee Roasters is a beloved Milwaukee brand. Robb and Joe are two guys we can relate to—they love great food, wine, and of course coffee. We’re just so grateful the opportunity to partner with them.”

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SSP America opens Vinoteca Wine & Tapas bar and Mad Town Gastropub at Dane County Regional Airport

LONDON, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dane County Regional Airport announced the opening of their new Vinoteca Wine & Tapas bar and the debut of Mad Town Gastropub on January 17, 2017. The airport also unveiled the expansion of Metcalfe’s Local to Go and Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea. Along with the development and expansion of new food and beverage options is the opening of DCRA’s new Madison XPress and Madison Xchange gift shops.

“Dane County has a world class airport and these additions will make it a destination,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

Serving breakfast through dinner and last departures, Mad Town Gastropub features a menu of fresh, sustainable dishes created by James Beard award-winning local chef, Tory Miller. Passengers can also enjoy wine, local beer, and handcrafted cocktails at the new Vinoteca Wine & Tapas bar.

The expanded family-owned Metcalfe’s Local to Go airside shop and restaurant will continue to offer travelers a taste of Wisconsin with their array of local products. Madison’s Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea will also welcome passengers to indulge in coffee, tea, and snacks while enjoying piano performances.

SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, was awarded a ten-year lease on its food & beverage contract at DCRA in May of 2016 and has been the sole food and beverage purveyor at MSN since 2006.

SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, commented, “Our focus at SSP America is to deliver our airport clients a local taste of place, with community anchored dining bringing passengers food and drink that defines a region. As a result, partnerships are key to our success. Special thanks to our long-term partners Kevin Metcalfe’s of Metcalfe’s Market and Tom Walzer of Ancora Artisan Coffee and Tea as well as Chef Tory Miller who has been a tremendous partner in crafting our menu at Madtown. We’re grateful for the ongoing opportunity to be part of the MSN community.”

In addition to the expanded portfolio of restaurants, DCRA also debuted two new gift shop, Madison Xpress and Madison Xchange. Two of four shops in the airport run by the industry leader in Travel Essentials retail Paradies Lagardère, Madison Xpress and Madision Xchange both feature traditional newsstand items, as well as specialized gift shop finds, refreshments, and last-minute travel necessities.

“Madison Xpress and Madison Xchange are both resonating with travelers visiting the airport, while offering convenient, one-stop shop environments that cover all of a traveler’s needs. We’re excited to bring new retail options to travelers at DCRA, and look forward to continuing our partnership with Dane County Regional Airport for many years to come,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère.

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) partners with SSP Canada to bring Lift Bar & Grill concept to the airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) partners with SSP Canada to bring Lift Bar & Grill concept to the airport

 

LONDON, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is ringing in the New Year with a new full-service restaurant, Lift Bar & Grill. Inspired by the original location in downtown Vancouver, passengers are now able to enjoy their well-known selection of seasonal cuisine with a focus on local seafood offerings.

“YVR provides the first and last impression of British Columbia so we are delighted to welcome Lift Bar & Grill to bring our passengers a unique West Coast dining experience,” said Scott Norris, Vice President, Commercial Development, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We take great pride in delivering exceptional customer experiences and having quality food and beverage offerings play a huge role in that—we look forward to hearing our passengers’ feedback.”

Centrally located in the international terminal, the restaurant is wrapped around the airport’s iconic aquarium and is designed to draw on a coastal waters theme. This is evident in both the interior detailing with tones of warm oak, steel blue and charcoal greys as well as the menu, featuring Oceanwise certified seafood. YVR partnered with SSP Canada, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, to bring the Lift Bar & Grill concept to the airport. With over 50 years of experience, the SSP Group serves approximately a million customers every day. They currently operate approximately 2,000 units in over 30 countries around the world, including 10 locations at YVR.

Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer of SSP Canada commented, “With the international departures area serving as a global gateway between Asia and the Americas, Lift Bar & Grill is a welcome addition to the worldly minded passengers of YVR. We’re honored to work closely with Chef Soojin Park and the Lift team to craft a stylish restaurant experience that truly delivers a memorable taste of Vancouver before passengers head to their next destination.”

In addition to Lift Bar & Grill, SSP Canada will open five other food and beverage locations, occupying 14,225 square feet at YVR. The restaurants will include a mix of local as well as modern, world-class international and proprietary brands. Pajo’s Fish & Chips serves up locally sourced, but world famous fish and chips; Bánh Shop features traditional Vietnamese street sandwiches and bowls; and Freshii provides fresh and healthy food options. These offerings will be opening throughout 2017 with two additional concepts to be opened in 2019. The entire portfolio will further enhance YVR’s award-winning concession program.

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SSP America: Republic and LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar opens at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

LONDON, 2016-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today (3-Nov-2016) the opening of Republic and LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Republic is a modern day gastropub where visitors and locals of all passenger demographics will find a comfortable seat. The celebrated establishment—it’s original 7 Corners location was named among the “Top Beer Bars in America 2013-2016” by Draft Magazine— delivers exactly what natives are so proud of in the region’s land of plenty: locally crafted beer and flavorful food grown by regional farmers.

In an exciting partnership to premiere only at Republic’s Terminal 1 location, the widely acclaimed McNally Smith College of Music—which has helped students build contemporary careers in music for over 30 years—will showcase the talents of its students, alumni and faculty with live music performances during peak travel times (3:30–7:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 1:30–5 pm on Sundays). Reflecting the diversity of music styles taught at the College, performances will span a variety of genres, ranging from traditional jazz to classical guitar to hip-hop.

Matthew O’Reilly, owner of Republic commented, “We’re thrilled to have our brand represented at MSP Airport. We’ve worked hard to be a leader in local and craft beer. Our hope is to carry that message to MSP travelers so they can experience what we’re up to. The McNally/Smith connection is a perfect fit. We’re very much in to local music and the arts, so we could not have asked for a better partner aligned with our values.”

“We’re excited to partner with Republic to bring the first-ever live music venue to MSP, and we’re honored to share the richness and diversity of our community’s musical talent with the million-plus travelers who pass through the airport every year,” says McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers.

LoLo means “Locally Owned Locally Operated” and it’s owners, Brad Nordeen and Joe Ehlenz, have created a bar scene in their hometown of Stillwater that focuses on craft cocktails and craft beer. The open kitchen will allow diners to see and interact with the chefs to experience the creation of memorable food. LoLo at MSP will be a space where people feel appreciated—where passengers can have a well-shaken cocktail or a beautifully constructed small plate featuring prized, seasonal ingredients.

Joe Ehlenz, managing partner of LoLo explained, “Our goal is to deliver an authentic experience to the MSP traveler. We want to keep the same ideals that we’ve kept street side—scratch bar to kitchen using local distillers and food products. It’s been a winning combination for us, and we believe with SSP America as our operating partner, it will be a winning combination at the Airport.”

Brian Ryks, Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Airports Commission commended SSP by saying: “SSP has been a long-time partner of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and has demonstrated time and again its commitment to upholding MSP’s mission ‘to provide your best airport experience.’ Republic and LoLo showcase some of the best restaurants our state has to offer. I want to thank SSP for its support of some outstanding local entrepreneurs and its elevation of MSP’s restaurant offerings in terms of both design and culinary innovation.”

Michael Svagdis, president and CEO of SSP America, commented, “Republic and LoLo are incredible examples of the Twin Cities thriving food scene, renowned Midwestern hospitality, and diverse culture that celebrates the region’s bountiful farmland. By layering in performances that showcase the rich music traditions of the region, the McNally Smith College of Music will ensure MSP passengers enjoy an environment that delivers a complete Midwest experience. The SSP America team is thrilled to bring these three extraordinary culinary and cultural institutions to MSP.”

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SSP America announces the opening of Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport

LONDON, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today (31-August-2016) the opening of Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal D.

Sophisticated and stylish, the full service, 1,300 square foot Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro has been created in collaboration with Houston’s preeminent restaurateur for over 50 years, Tony Vallone.  Commenting on the opening of the restaurant, the founder of the restaurant, Tony Vallone commented, “We have designed a wonderful sanctuary with in IAH routed in food and wine that everyone can enjoy. I am so proud to put my name behind this great project.”

Michael Svagdis, president and CEO of SSP America, commented, “Tony Vallone is an icon within the Houston culinary scene, and his reputation is synonymous with dining excellence. SSP America is proud to have partnered with such a laurelled leader in bringing this concept to IAH.  At Tony’s, our shared passion for exceptional dining will be matched only by our unrivalled performance in the kitchen, original selections from the wine cellar, and peerless tableside service. Houstonians expect a memorable experience from Tony Vallone, and we promise to deliver.”

“The Houston Airport System is very excited to welcome Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro to George Bush Intercontinental Airport,” said Randy Goodman, Concessions General Manager for the Houston Airport System. “Tony Vallone is a name in Houston synonymous with world-class fine dining. Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro offers an extensive wine list at multiple price points and a menu that pays homage to the bistro-style art of small plates. It fits well with our efforts to provide our passengers with a wide variety of both world-class products and world-class service, and promote a world-class feel to a city and airport recognized for growth and innovation world-wide.”

Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro welcomes passengers from across the concourse with its impressive wine display and swank, focal point bar.  Ample, spacious seating can be found around the bar and at tables both inside the restaurant as well as just outside the entrance, for intimate café style, al fresco dining.  Elegant and stylish yet wonderfully approachable—the drinks scene at Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro is welcoming to all.

Tony Vallone is known throughout the Houston region for sourcing the finest ingredients and his wine cellar is legendary.  At Terminal D, passengers will find the same unyielding passion for quality.  From Italian Proseccos, Californian Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios, Pinot Noirs and smooth Cabernet Sauvignons to French Marsanne and Argentinian Malbec—there’s truly something for everyone at Tony’s with glasses and bottles in all price ranges.

From the kitchen, a menu of bistro-style dishes has been created specifically to complement the wines.  From small plates of artisanal cheese to light salads and sandwiches filled with elevated ingredients—Prime Rib Sliders, Kobe Beef Sliders or a perfectly portioned Club Sandwich.  Refined, yet simple foodie fare paired with Tony Vallone’s hand-selected wines.

Houston’s Bush Intercontinental enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2015, welcoming nearly 43 million passengers.  IAH has also welcomed several new foreign flag carriers including All Nippon Airways and Air New Zealand, and seen increased services to Latin America and the Caribbean.  Since 2005, international travel at the gateway has increased by 53 per cent, growing from 6.9 million to 10.6 million in 2015.  The City of Houston is now the only city in the western hemisphere with nonstop flight service to all six inhabited continental regions.

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SSP America awarded two new contracts by the San Francisco Airport Commission

SSP’s operations to showcase a mix of local and internationally recognized brands

LONDON, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded two new contracts by the San Francisco Airport Commission to develop and operate one casual sit-down restaurant and one quick casual restaurant at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  Both units will be located in the Airport’s International Terminal.

SSP America’s new units include:

1300 on Fillmore (Post-Security—Boarding Area G):  Chef David Lawrence and Monetta White’s 1300 on Fillmore, located in San Francisco’s Fillmore Jazz District, dishes up modern riffs on Southern American classics with top-notch ingredients, creative libations and a posh supper club vibe.  SFO’s international passengers will enjoy Chef Lawrence’s cuisine with imaginative creations such as Fresh Water Shrimp Hushpuppies and refined interpretations of Southern favorites like Barbeque Shrimp N’ Grits and the famous 1300 Black Skillet Fried Chicken.

Wendy’s (Pre-Security—Boarding Area A):  for over 40 years, Americans as well as customers around the globe know that the name Wendy’s is synonymous with quality, premium ingredients and their famous square burger patties that are always fresh, never frozen.  Wendy’s variety of “Old Fashioned Hamburgers” will be a menu mainstay at SFO, in addition to chicken and pork sandwich offerings, wraps, Natural-Cut French Fries seasoned with sea salt, fresh-made salads and the signature Frosty, made from 100% cocoa and cream.

1300 on Fillmore owner, Monetta White commented, “Collaborating with SSP America has provided us a unique opportunity to touch millions of people’s hearts with food.  We’re excited to show SFO and the world the best that today’s Southern-style American cuisine has to offer.  We can’t wait for opening day.

“SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, said, “With San Francisco International’s significant 33% growth rate in recent years and 2015 seeing a record-breaking 50 million passengers, the sky is this gateway’s only limit.  SSP America is honored to be bringing world-class brands that will continue to grow with SFO and meet every passenger’s needs. We look forward to further developing our partnership at San Francisco International as well as the Bay Area community.”

The leases are part of a major refreshment to SFO’s International Terminal.  Recently named 2015 “Best Airport in the Americas” by the readers of Frequent Business Traveler, SFO has also garnered industry praise for having the “Best Concession Management Team” in the Airport Revenue News (ARN) 2015 Best Airport & Concession Awards program.

Wendy’s is set to open later this year in September, and 1300 on Fillmore in January 2017.

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SSP America awarded 10 year contract to develop and operate Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen & Market at Portland International Airport

  • SSP showcase locally acclaimed Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen plus a marketplace full of regional products

LONDON, 2016-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a 10 year contract by the Port of Portland Commission to develop and operate Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen & Market at Portland International Airport.  Positioned at the entrance to Concourse C, the unit will occupy over 3,000 square feet of retail space.

Inspired by Portland’s dynamic food culture, SSP America paired local culinary titan, Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen with a bespoke market concept designed specifically for PDX, featuring an abundance of regionally produced artisan food products, wines and craft beers.

Chef/owner, Ken Gordon, commented, “Kenny & Zuke’s is so thrilled to be opening our location at Portland International Airport this coming fall.  We think we can be a tremendous addition to PDX as the Pacific Northwest’s best artisan delicatessen.”

SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, said, “SSP America is proud to be partnering with Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen and to showcase a taste of the Pacific Northwest’s most celebrated food and drink at Portland International. We are always proud to bring exceptional local brands to the airport’s global stage, and the food here is worthy of the world’s attention.  This is a win for all—for Portland International, the Portland Community, these local culinary heroes and the nearly 17 million annual travelers to PDX.”

Kenny & Zuke’s has been the culinary leader of the Northwest’s traditional deli scene since 2007.  Using time-honored methods, faithful to the art of handcrafting authentic deli foods, Chef Ken Gordon has been at the forefront of today’s deli renaissance—serving patrons scratched cooked meals made with fresh, local ingredients.

At their hometown airport, Chef Gordon’s hand-rolled bagels will draw passengers throughout every day part, but his famous pastrami will take center-stage glory—sandwiched solo with mustard on rye, or griddled in The Classic Reuben—this is the meat that started a cult following.

On the merchandise shelves, baskets and in the chill cases, local, Oregon-centric goods will abound.  Featured items include chocolates from Alma & Fran’s, Three Little Figs confits and chutneys and savoury snacks from Oregon Orchard and Portland Fruit & Nut Co., as well as Portland-made condiments, Quin candies, Tillamook cheeses and Misty Meadow jams, jellies and honey.

At the bar, travelers are invited to relax with one of the many locally crafted beers or regional wines—paired with a Kenny & Zuke’s classic deli plate, passengers can enjoy a memorable taste of place with every sip and bite!

The lease is part of a three-phase, multi-year, $19.8 million project to refresh PDX concessions through 2018 and highlight the best of local, regional and popular national brands.  Over the past 20 years, PDX has garnered multiple industry awards from Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) as well as Airport Revenue News (ARN) for their concessions program and concessions management team.

Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen & Market will open in the autumn of 2016.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SSP America announces the completion of new line up of restaurants at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

LONDON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Winnipeg Airports Authority and SSP America are pleased to announce the completion of a new line up of restaurants beyond passenger screening at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. On the domestic and international side, new restaurants include Freshii, True Burger, Prairie Bistro and Skylights Lounge. Travellers heading to the United States can dine at UrbanCrave, featuring a newly edomestic and international side, new restaurants include Freshii, True Burger, Prairie Bistro and Skylights Lounge. Travellers heading to the United States can dine at UrbanCrave, featuring a newly extended bar area with additional seating.

“Initial feedback from travellers and airport staff about the new restaurants and enhanced seating areas has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “In partnership with our experienced airport food and beverage services provider, SSP America, we are constantly reviewing the needs of our customers and striving to offer them an array of appealing food choices.”

“We are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to not only continue our long-term relationship with the YWG team, but also bring a fresh new group of brands to the Airport that provide travellers with a variety of choices and service styles,” said Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer, SSP America. “We thank the Airport team for the opportunity to enhance the offering and passenger experience at YWG.”

 

New Restaurants

Freshii: The brainchild of Winnipeg-born Matthew Corrin, Freshii offers passengers fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize those on the go. Emphasizing the right foods, Freshii provides meals and snacks that help customers live their best life. From salads to wraps, noodle and rice bowls, burritos to soups and more, the Freshii menu offers the passengers of YWG affordable, convenient and healthy options.

UrbanCrave: Recognizing early on that “street food” was enjoying a renaissance across North America, SSP America created UrbanCrave, a brand that brought the first “street eats” to the airport arena. UrbanCrave became an instant hit in the travel industry, winning the Airport Revenue News “Best New Food & Beverage Concept” award in 2012. UrbanCrave combines classic street food options full of fun, originality and powerful taste.

True Burger: A modern burger joint serving classic burgers and crispy French fries, True Burger offers the convenience of a fast casual restaurant combined with high-quality ingredients including naturally raised beef in their patties. At True Burger Co, passengers can savour a well-made burger and cold drink while waiting for their flight to take off.

Prairie Bistro: With a nod to the breadbasket of Canada, Prairie Bistro offers passengers a diverse and hearty menu sure to please every palate, all hours of the day. Breakfast includes a satisfying bowl of oatmeal, pancakes or skillet scramblers.  Lunch and dinner options include a variety of starters and small plates such as a Prairie Salad, Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Loaded Cheese Fries. Entrees include Herb Chicken and a variety of burgers and sandwiches designed for flavour and comfort.

Skylights Lounge: Conveniently located right next to Prairie Bistro, Skylights Lounge is a relaxing place to kick back, enjoy a cocktail or order from the Prairie Bistro menu.  In addition to beer and wine, a cocktail menu is served from the central bar. With abundant seating, Skylights Lounge is an ideal spot for a quick drink or leisurely meal.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com