SSP America Celebrates Grand Opening of Nonna Bartolotta's and Alterra at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport

Apr 08, 2009, 19:30 ET from SSP America

MILWAUKEE, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- SSP America, the Food Travel Experts, joined officials from Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport, The Bartolotta Restaurant Group, and Alterra Coffee in celebrating the arrival of the Nonna Bartolotta's restaurant and Alterra coffee shops earlier today.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve the travelers and community of Milwaukee with an unprecedented dining experience at General Mitchell International Airport," stated Pat Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Development of SSP America. "Our partnership with these local iconic brands captures the essence of our soul, where exceptional quality and freshness is not a goal but the driving force behind what we do."

SSP's partnership with The Bartolotta Restaurant Group and Alterra Coffee is consistent with its objective to bring enhanced restaurant offerings to North American airports. With nearly 8 million passengers passing through the Airport annually, General Mitchell qualifies as a major airport deserving of the finest in dining venues. Before identifying the brands proposed to the County and Airport management, SSP conducted a focus group with local business and community leaders to better understand the needs of the area's traveling public.

"Passengers at Mitchell Airport will love the added food and beverage options," said Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive. "Alterra runs a great operation, and Nonna's Italian-style trattoria provides a top-notch menu in a wonderful atmosphere."

Nonna Bartolotta's, a tribute to Joe and Paul Bartolotta's Sicilian grandmother and her authentic recipes, serves Italian-style cuisine, with a unique Milwaukee flair, in a sit-down dining venue. The original Ristorante Bartolotta was established in 1993 and has become a Milwaukee favorite. The new Nonna's at the Airport includes a traditional Northern Italian menu drawn from the parent restaurant's portfolio of dishes.

Alterra Coffee, well-known for strong, quality coffee and outstanding customer service, has opened three shops at Mitchell International Airport. The company has long been recognized for its ability to deliver a unique experience to its customers through its creative cafe spaces, commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint and its offering of Fair Trade and certified organic coffees. Alterra at Mitchell will provide the same exceptional coffee and complementary food products that have made the roaster a local Milwaukee favorite since 1993.

Passengers taking a flight from any concourse can enjoy a taste of Nonna Bartolotta's or Alterra simply by presenting their boarding pass and ID at the Concourse D security checkpoint.

Chairman of the Milwaukee County Board's Transportation and Public Works Committee, County Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr., noted, "It's great that SSP America is helping Milwaukee County expand the food and beverage offerings at General Mitchell International Airport. I am pleased that the County Board could play a role in bringing more local flavors to our airport."

About SSP

SSP, the Food Travel Experts, is the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, with operations in more than 130 airports and 300 rail stations in 31 countries. Its unparalleled portfolio of international, national, local, specialty and new breakthrough food and beverage brands includes its own national and international brands. Among these are Starbucks, Caffe Ritazza, Burger King, Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Bonne Journee, Caviar House & Prunier, Pizza Hut, Upper Crust and Le Train Bleu. SSP has operations in airports, train stations, motorways, retail parks and conference centers.

About SSP America (SSP Canada / SSP Caribbean)

SSP America operates in more than 42 airports and motorways across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Other third party brands in the broad portfolio include The Palm Restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Houlihan's, Gordon Biersch, Dunkin' Donuts, Panda Express, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Chick-fil-A, Moe's Southwest Grill, Peet's Coffee & Tea, T.G.I. Friday's, Carl's Jr., The Great American Bagel and Buffalo Wild Wings. SSP America's brand portfolio also includes strong local icons such as Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Bill Bateman's Bistro, Rams Head, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., Las Palapas Mexican Cafe, Brew Brothers Brewery and Legends of Aviation.

About General Mitchell Airport

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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