SSP’s new Viennese bars and restaurants now open

SSP News Release 18-June-2012

SSP has celebrated the opening of five stunning new bars and restaurants at Vienna airports Skylink terminal extension.


A Caffè Ritazza, which is the largest ever, can be found in arrivals. For the first time in the brand’s history, the outlet will feature a table-service restaurant, as well as a bar and a lounge area. It will feature specially designed areas to appeal to a wide range of passengers in diverse circumstances. A slower, more relaxed environment at the rear of the outlet has been created for those who wish to take time out and relax before their flight, while an up-beat, faster paced section at the front featuring high seating and bar-style tables is ideally suited to those who just want to grab a quick drink or snack en route to the gate. Illustrations and ‘objet d’art’ reflecting the style of Vienna have been incorporated, while the theatre of coffee can be enjoyed as baristas prepare drinks at an open counter.

The landside facilities will also feature a smoking bar called Johann’s Biereck.

A focal point of the airside hall is a food court, created in partnership with Vienna’s renowned foodie emporium Meinl.  The food court is divided into three areas. The first, called Marktfrisch, will focus on market-fresh and healthy salads, Wiener Spezialitäten, will offer Viennese specialities, and finally Ofenfrisch, will serve dishes such as penne pasta with Bolognaise sauce and a range of pizzas. A gift area will offer a selection of souvenirs, including beautifully packaged coffees and Meinl’s famous honeys. The food court is complemented by a Panopolis bakery, and a wine bar called the Sky Wine Lounge, which affords spectacular views across the airport runways.

Commenting on the new operation, Frederic Podonowski, managing director of SSP Switzerland and Austria said ‘The new management team here at the airport are very committed to enhancing the quality of the airport, and we are delighted to be helping them to achieve that vision. The success of this project is evidence of the strong partnership between the airport management team and their concession partners, and I’m certain all parties are keen to further forge that relationship as the new facilities mature. Moving into Austria, a new country for us at SSP is a real milestone, and we’re very proud to be working at this prestigious airport in what is undoubtedly one of Europe’s leading tourist and commercial destinations.’

Over 70 staff have been taken on to work at the new outlets, and Podonowski says that finding people with the right attitude was the primary objective. ‘Of course it’s important to find individuals who have a flair for sales, but recruiting people who can deliver the right quality of service is the first priority.’

Across all the new retail development, Viennese products have been a central theme, and the new food and beverage is no exception. Austrian ingredients feature throughout all menus. The new Caffé Ritazza for example will offer the traditional Viennese potato altwiener kartoffelsalat (which is served with red onions, bacon and lamb lettuce), or würstl und sauerkraut, (local sausages with home-made sauerkraut, horseradish sauce and mustard) while at Johann’s Biereck, customers can sample a dish for which Vienna is famous around the world – the wiener schnitzel. At Meinl, customers can enjoy a classic apfel strudel, while the speciality coffees on offer include some of the classics found in the fine coffee houses of the city, such as wiener melange, a mild coffee with foamed milk, which is served with whipped cream.  The Sky Wine Lounge serves a broad selection of wines from Vienna and the surrounding wine-growing regions.

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