UNITED STATES - SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded an eight-year contract by LaGuardia Gateway Partners to develop and operate three food and beverage concession spaces at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Terminal B. LaGuardia Gateway Partners were appointed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to oversee the design, construction, management and operation of the new Terminal B. The new restaurants will cover approximately 3,691 square feet of concession space in the east concourse of the New Terminal B and will open this fall in conjunction with the first gates of the new Terminal B. The contract will see SSP America, along with its ACDBE partners, introduce a mix of award-winning local brands as well as bespoke food emporium featuring regionally sourced products.
SSP America’s new contract is part of the Terminal’s wider modernization and redevelopment program. The $5.1 billion, 1.3-million square foot redevelopment project is one of the largest public-private partnerships in American history and the largest in U.S. aviation. The new 35-gate Terminal B will replace the existing Central Terminal Building and drastically improve the travel experience for both passengers and airlines.
Pat Murray, executive vice president of SSP America, commented: “The redevelopment of one of the country’s most renowned airports is a significant moment in American aviation history, heralding one of the largest public-private partnership projects ever undertaken for a new transportation infrastructure in the United States. SSP America recognizes the magnitude of this momentous project, and is deeply honored to support the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as LaGuardia Gateway Partners in this significant project.”
Providing the best guest experience to the more than 15 million annual guests at LaGuardia is at the core of our mission at LaGuardia Gateway Partners, and that starts with the food and beverages available in the new Terminal B,” said Ed Baklor, Chief Commercial Officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners. “Our new partnership with SSP America will deliver first-class amenities worthy of the greatest city in the world, featuring exciting local products and brands”.
SSP America’s line-up includes:
- Irving Farm Coffee Roasters - A bona fide New York institution, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters has been an important fixture on New York’s coffee scene since 1996, with owners Stephen Leven and David Elwell maintaining the brand’s impeccable reputation for high quality coffees and exquisitely precise brewing methods. Irving Farm’s success stems from their unswerving attention to detail. Beans are sustainably sourced from direct relationships with small batch micro growers in the world’s best coffee-growing regions. Beans are hand roasted on their Hudson Valley farm and then freshly ground, poured, pulled or pressed to order. Perfectly exact brewing methods for an exactly perfect brew.
- Kingside - Straight from the Big Apple, Kingside brings travelers New American classics highlighting fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, paired alongside exceptional hand-crafted cocktails. The seasonally-driven menu at Kingside highlights small plates, ideal for light bites and sharing, while the bar features an extensive selection of regionally brewed craft beers, excellent international wines, and a wide range of small-batch spirits. Kingside’s cocktail menu showcases an ever-changing selection of innovative house cocktails, always featuring market fresh ingredients, in addition to classic cocktails with a modern twist.
- Five Boroughs Food Emporium - Designed specifically for the New Terminal B location, Five Boroughs Food Market brings travelers a beautifully designed, bespoke food emporium - featuring an abundance of nutritionally balanced, locally sourced options, as well as more indulgent, yet affordably priced treats, giving travelers a vast amount of choice. SSP has partnered with locally based, specialty food purveyors to bring a market laden with true New York flavors. Multiple grab-and-go options abound for quick bites on the run, and for travelers with a bit more time, Five Boroughs will offer a range of artisan sandwiches and deli plates which can be quickly crafted and packed to go.