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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LS travel retail North America opens its first Food & Beverage location in Vancouver International Airport (YVR): a Java U coffee shop in Terminal B Domestic

VANCOUVER, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — LS travel retail North America is pleased to announce the opening of its first Food & Beverage location in Vancouver International Airport (YVR): a Java U coffee shop in Terminal B Domestic. This is LS travel retail’s third Java U location, and the first one in YVR.

Like the city of Montreal that inspired it, the Java U brand smoothly blends the best of North American energy and a unique European style to deliver a fast, convenient and high quality coffee and food offering. Started in 1996 at Concordia University, the concept now boasts about 20 locations, including two in Montreal Trudeau airport, operated by LS.

Known for its creativity, the Java U menu includes classic breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and salads that are all reinterpreted with exotic flavor combinations, including orange zests, pesto, hummus, and many more. The result is a hip, sophisticated experience delivered with friendly wit and originality. The beverage menu offers espressos, cappuccinos, Americanos, lattes and Java U’s specials, such as the “exotique” and the chai latte. The new YVR location will include a curated selection of Java U’s best-sellers, all delivered with LS’ impeccable customer service.

“We are thrilled to be opening our third Java U location, and to be offering their delicious menu to the West Coast travelers”, said Vadim Motlik, Chief Development Officer at LS travel retail North America. “We would like to thank Java U for a strong, continued partnership, as well as the YVR team for giving us the opportunity to open our first food location in their world-class, award-winning airport”.

“Java-U Cafes & Java-U Food Services Inc. are honored to be part of this successful partnership and growth in the Food & Beverage Category”, said Michael Geminari, CEO/General Manager at Java-U Food Services. “Working with LS and their team of professionals has been a great experience as well as a rewarding one. We are very excited in continuing this positive momentum with them”.

With 19.3 million passengers, Vancouver International Airport is Canada’s second busiest airport. LS travel retail already operates nine retail locations in YVR, in both the domestic and international terminals.