Restaurant offers passengers sit-down and to-go authentic Mexican street food
Queens, New York – February 15, 2019 – John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 recently debuted Mi Casa Cantina, a restaurant offering passengers original, authentic and innovative Mexican cuisine. Operated by SSP America, the exclusive food and beverage purveyor of Terminal 4 and a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, Mi Casa serves fast, freshly made Mexican street food jam packed with traditional flavors.
The restaurant features proteins, salsas, sauces and salads made from scratch, traditional breakfast options, a variety of tortas, burritos and ensaladas, do-it-yourself guacamole and Mexican small-plate dishes. Mi Casa also features a cocktail menu handcrafted by Lynnette Marrero, a pioneer mixologist and founder of the all-female speed bartending competition “Speed Rack.” The beverage menu includes an array of tequila and mescal-based creations, a rotating offer of agua frescas, more than 12 selections of Mexican, Latin and southern Californian beers and more than 25 different tequilas and mezcals.
To provide passengers a flexible dining experience, Mi Casa Cantina offers both a fast-casual dining service option for passengers to order food to-go, as well as a full-service cantina experience complete with art and artifacts celebrating Mexican culture, vibrant colors reminiscent of a Mexican market and a warm, laid-back environment.
“At Terminal 4, we pride ourselves in providing exceptional and diverse food and beverage options for our passengers,” said Roel Huinink, President and CEO of JFKIAT, the company which operates Terminal 4. “With Mi Casa’s opening, we are providing a memorable dining experience featuring unique and authentic Mexican dishes to the 21.6 million annual travelers who pass through our terminal. We are thrilled for our continued partnership with SSP America, which allows us to offer the highest quality of dining options at Terminal 4.”
Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer of SSP America comments, “The success of Terminal 4’s culinary program is in large part due to our extraordinary partnership with JFKIAT who share our commitment to offering travelers a diverse variety of cuisines reflective of T4’s global passenger base. Mi Casa is a welcome addition sure to be a big draw for passengers.”
Mi Casa Cantina, located near gate B23, joins more than 25 other restaurants in Terminal 4’s expansive retail program, including Danny Meyers’ Blue Smoke on the Road, The Palm, Shake Shack, and a number of other unparalleled restaurant concepts.
As one of the world’s most modern and efficient air terminals, T4 prides itself on providing travelers with a superior passenger experience. The terminal offers more than 122,200 square-feet devoted to shopping and dining – featuring chic, upscale boutiques, convenience and gift stores, world-class eateries, well-known casual dining, health options and food-to-go, fitting the need of every traveler.
JFK International Air Terminal, LLC. (JFKIAT) is the operator of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, one of the most active air terminals in the New York area, serving 34 international and domestic airlines with an annual passenger volume of more than 21 million travelers in 2018. Terminal 4 is the first existing airport terminal in the U.S. to receive LEED Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for operations and maintenance. The Terminal’s expansive Retail Lounge offers an unparalleled experience for travelers with a wide range of food and beverage and retail options, from chic to upscale and from convenience stores, to electronics, accessories and gifts. Terminal 4 was the first air terminal in North America operated by a private management company. JFKIAT’s managing member is Schiphol USA Inc., a U.S. affiliate of Royal Schiphol Group.
About SSP America
SSP America is a division of SSP Group, a global leader in the business of creating restaurants, bars, cafés and marches in environments where people are on the move. With over 50 years of experience, SSP’s nearly 37,000 employees serve approximately 1.5 million passengers daily in over 33 countries. Our operations span more than 2,600 outlets across 140 airports and 280 rail stations representing more than 500 of the world’s best brands.
The SSP America team is driven by a shared vision to bring authentic restaurant experiences to every airport in North America. Our employees have a passion for exceptional food served by people who believe in heartfelt hospitality. Our airport partners trust SSP America to deliver a world-class portfolio of brands with broad passenger appeal and lasting commercial viability. Our brands include locally renowned restaurants, national brands with worldwide recognition and our own exclusive brands tailored for each market.