SSP Canada, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded three contracts by Vancouver Airport Authority to develop and operate a new group of food and beverage concession spaces at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The contracts will see SSP Canada introduce a diverse portfolio of award-winning local brands anchored by two wholly modern, innovative fast casual brands with a national presence.
Scott Welding, vice president of business development said, “YVR’s ever-increasing passenger numbers reflect not only the region’s global appeal but also, the gateway’s capacity to accommodate new routes and carriers. With its 20-year capital construction projects, it’s clear that YVR is focused on the future. SSP Canada is delighted to be a part of this continued growth and investment. We are enormously proud of our brands and partnerships that highlight the very best of this truly wonderful region.”
SSP’s line-up includes:
Hawksworth Kitchen by David Hawksworth (Domestic Pier C, Post-Security)—Designed to reflect Vancouver’s role as a world-class gateway into the heart of British Columbia and the entire Pacific Northwest region, Hawksworth Kitchen by David Hawksworth, promises an exceptional, chef-led experience, seen through Chef Hawksworth’s modern prism of local ingredients and innovative, contemporary combinations. Serving all day parts, Hawksworth Kitchen will feature international cuisine in harmony with Pacific Northwest cultural traditions including seasonal salads, local seafood and locally farmed meat dishes. Hawksworth will also feature hand-tossed pizzas, artisan coffee and teas, as well as a full-service bar highlighting local craft beers and regional wines.
Steamworks Bar & Restaurant (Domestic Level 3, Pre-Security)—Gastown’s award-winning local brewpub for over 20 years. Inspired by the signature architecture of the original flagship that houses a rare steam heat system and a one-of-a-kind steam generated brewery, Steamworks welcomes all Pre-Security guests to enjoy its wide range of Gold Medal winning, steam powered craft brews and all-day menu of hearty, brewpub fare.
Whistler Brewing Lodge (International, Post-Security)—Incorporating stunning, attractive design, Whistler Brewing Lodge welcomes passengers to YVR’s very own mountain lodge retreat, featuring artisanal craft beers from locally loved regional brewer, Whistler Brewing Company. With a bar program designed by Vancouver’s World Class Bartender of the Year, Kaitlyn Stewart, and a menu of elevated spins on traditional mountain cuisine, this full service restaurant embraces the highest standards of hospitality.
Heritage Asian Eatery (Domestic Pier C Food Hall, Post-Security)—With an industrial-yet-rustic décor that fosters a casual and communal atmosphere, Heritage Asian brings a multi-award-winning chef-driven, counter service restaurant that features a fusion of Far East flavors created with locally sourced ingredients and modern techniques. Heritage Asian Eatery invites guests to indulge in Chef Felix Zhou’s authentic Asian flavors. Travelers can enjoy warming bowls of congee and breakfast baos in the morning, backed by a wide range of rice bowls, salads and sides throughout the day.
The Dirty Apron (Domestic Pier C Food Hall, Post-Security)—The Dirty Apron brings an acclaimed chef-driven all-Vancouver delicatessen centered around fresh, delicious ingredients; strong relationships with local farmers, growers and suppliers; and creating memorable moments. Under the watchful eye of Chef David Robertson, The Dirty Apron invites passengers to enjoy freshly prepared baguettes, grilled sandwiches, salads and pastries with healthy and vegetarian options. Whether it’s a Double Baked Almond Croissant and freshly pulled espresso in the morning, a vegetarian Orecchiette Pasta at noon, or a warm and filling Roast Chicken baguette to go, there’s something to serve everyone at this award-winning chef-driven, hometown deli.
BUILTTM Custom Burgers (Domestic Pier C Food Hall, Post-Security)—BUILTTM Custom Burgers is where customization marries speed, convenience and quality; giving travelers the ultimate freedom of choice. Guests can either select a burger that is “BUILT FOR ME” where the build is made in front of the guest using fresh ingredients, sauces and cheese. Or guests can create their own burger masterpiece with “BUILT BY ME.” First, they can select their protein from a selection beef, vegan veggie or all-natural chicken. Then, they get to select if they would like it on a bun (brioche, gluten free, etc) or in a bowl (on fresh greens). Next, they can select from a variety of delicious cheese options such as cheddar or pepper jack. Toppings are selected next and they range from sautéed red peppers, pineapple, sautéed mushrooms, Applewood smoked bacon and guacamole. Finally, the guest can get a little saucy by choosing a sauce such as garlic aioli, sweet Sriracha and hickory BBQ. With more than 300,000 plausible combinations, creations at BUILTTM are as unique as each individual customer.
Red Truck Beer Company Truck Stop (Domestic Pier C Food Hall, Post-Security)—Designed to capture the energy and excitement of West Coast ales stemming from California up the coast to Portland and Seattle, Red Truck Beer Company brings a new and original craft brew destination. From the smooth Red Truck Lager, the original Red Truck Ale, and the well-balanced Red Truck IPA brewed with five of the best hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest—bartenders will help to educate and guide guests through the roster of award-winning beers. Top-shelf spirits, as well as premium wines and a selection of soft drinks will also be available. For hungry beer lovers, Red Truck will serve an all-day menu including a selection of bar munchies and a range of signature gourmet hot dogs.
Left Coast Café & Bar (Domestic Arrivals, Pre-Security)—The perfect place to meet travellers as they arrive at YVR, or to grab a quick meal or snack while visiting, Left Coast Café & Bar brings a wide range of artisanal coffees and cocktails, a speedy service café style menu, plush comfortable surrounds, and inviting, warm hospitality. With design inspired by contemporary Pacific Northwest style and a menu filled with locally sourced BC ingredients, Left Coast Café brings everything YVR needs for this Domestic Arrivals, landside location.
Wahlburgers (International, Post-Security)—Known as much for serving up quality food as for their celebrity owners, Wahlburgers has achieved phenomenal success since it opened its first restaurant in Hingham, Massachusetts in 2011. Backed by an Emmy-nominated, top-rated A&E reality television show, the concept is the brainchild of Executive Chef and owner/brother Paul Wahlberg. Serving all day parts, menu highlights include Mark’s favorite “Thanksgiving Day Sandwich”, Donnie’s favorite “BBQ Bacon Burger” and Chef Paul’s favorite—the “Our Burger” with Paul’s signature wahl sauce, house made pickles and “government” cheese. A full-service bar including craft beers and premium wine will also be available.