SSP America Wins Key Food and Beverage Contract at Sacramento International's New Central Terminal B

SSP's lineup to include local favorites Jack's Urban Eats, Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, Cafeteria 15L and Old Soul Co.

Nov 18, 2010, 11:38 ET from SSP America

LANSDOWNE, Va., Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- SSP America, the North American division of SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today its 10 year, $110 million major contract win at Sacramento International's newly modernized Central Terminal B.  

As part of its mission to elevate travelers' dining experiences in airports across the nation, SSP will showcase a restaurant mix reflective of Sacramento's role as gateway to Northern California with its world famous abundance of natural beauty, fertile land and exceptional food.

"Sacramento is a great restaurant town with an authentic culinary culture that reflects the people who call it home.  We are delighted to be working in partnership with Sacramento International Airport to bring the 'true taste' of this beautiful region to the passengers of the equally stunning, new Central Terminal B," said Les Cappetta, president and CEO of SSP America.  

The mix includes both local and nationally recognized brands with notable local restaurateurs on board to ensure that the concepts will serve food comparable to their well-known street side locations.  The new terminal's passengers will enjoy variety and fresh, locally–sourced, farm-to-table products wherever possible.

Jack's Urban Eats serves up comfort food with a contemporary vibe.  Airside passengers who stop at Jack's will get a fair representation of the cordiality and wholesomeness of American cuisine in the early 21st century. Jack's is a democratic, share-the-wealth menu, with "urban fries" weighted with blue cheese on one hand, create-your-own salads on the other.  Sacramento owners Tony Babcock and Greg Virga are expanding their menu for the airport location to include breakfast – all made to order and prepared in the buffet line.

Anyone heading through Sacramento International Airport with a sense of adventure and discovery will be able to identify with Old Soul Co. coffee shop, an industrial chic vibe with freshly roasted organic coffees and farm-to-table, seasonal baked goods.  Muffins made with apricot and bran in the summer, scones with cranberry and orange in the winter, and peanut-butter cookies made with their housemade peanut-butter most any time.   Started four years ago in a midtown Sacramento alley by two pals with a bit of business savvy, Old Soul's airport venue will be located landside in Terminal B.

Dos Coyotes provides a colorful and imaginative interpretation of Southwest cuisine with daily chalkboard specials that capitalize on locally sourced produce in season.  California cheeses, natural chicken, premium Angus beef, no trans fats – and, travelers hungry and hurried will be able to pack into recyclable containers such airline-friendly fare as the border burrito, the Santa Fe nachos or the spinach salmon salad.  Sacramento native, Bobby Coyote, founded Dos Coyotes Border Cafe in 1991; the airport location will be airside in Terminal B.

SSP's own, award-winning Camden food co. will make an appearance landside at Terminal B. Camden food co. makes a big deal about "eating right" and when travelers visit they can expect to find a bit of organic, a bit of FAIRTRADE, and something healthy for every taste all made with loads of passion!  Camden food co. was named the 2010 "Best New Food & Beverage Concept" by ARN.

Cafeteria 15L is a comfort-cool, chic urban kitchen known for its "Good Food. Good Friends. Good Times."  Guests can anticipate a menu offering whimsical California touches on classic American dishes, stylish and warm decor with friendly and genuine service.  The tater tots include spicy ground beef.  The beignets include Dungeness crab.   Mason Wong, long-time local success with The Park, brings the magic of his most recent Cafeteria 15L to its premiere airport location.

Peet's Coffee & Tea offers a superior and distinctive range of coffees brewed from only the highest quality beans from around the world. For tea enthusiasts, Peet's offers a selection of high-quality herbal, certified organic and rare teas.   Peet's Coffee & Tea, founded in Berkeley, California, in 1966 by Alfred Peet, led the artisan coffee movement which has swept the country.

An airport oasis, The Gateway Bar, will refresh travelers with salads tossed with produce grown on local farms, gourmet sandwiches stacked with beef and lamb from ranches throughout Northern California, wines from within an hour's drive of Sacramento no matter what direction you head, beers from microbreweries stretching from Sacramento to Chico, and cocktails mixed with premium spirits, many of them distilled locally.   Strategically positioned landside in terminal B, The Gateway Bar will exceed expectations of passengers, meeters, greeters and airline and airport personnel alike.

About SSP

SSP is the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations, shopping malls, conference centers and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has 30,000 employees, serving millions of customers every week. It has businesses at over 140 airports and over 250 rail stations, and operates more than 2,100 units in 30 countries around the world.

SSP operates an extensive portfolio of over 200 international, national, local and specialty brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, Cafe Ritazza, Burger King, M&S Simply Food, Bonne Journee, Pizza Hut, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Japanese noodle brand Ajisen Ramen as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux Jazz Cafe in Geneva and Sydney and the Bambini Wine Room in Sydney. Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location type, size and design.

About SSP America (SSP Canada / SSP Caribbean)

SSP America operates in more than 42 airports and motorways across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.  Third party brands in the broad portfolio include The Palm Restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Houlihan's, Gordon Biersch, Panda Express, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Chick-fil-A,  Moe's Southwest Grill, Peet's Coffee & Tea, T.G.I. Friday's, Tim Hortons, The Great American Bagel and Buffalo Wild Wings. SSP America's brand portfolio also includes strong local icons such as Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Harry & Izzy's, Nonna Bartolotta's, Alterra Coffee, Shapiro's Deli, Brew Brothers Brewery and Legends of Aviation.


Darleen Nascimento

SSP America

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