SSP America awarded F&B contract at Mineta San José International

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SSP America has been awarded a new food and beverage contract by the City of San José to develop and operate six new restaurant concepts at Norman Y Mineta San José International Airport.

The contract will see SSP America introduce a vibrant and diverse portfolio featuring 12, 100% local brands and a star-studded line-up of six prominent local chefs, including James Beard Award winner, chef David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, recipient of three Michelin stars from 2016-2019.

Paul Loupakos, vice president of business development, said, “On behalf of the entire SSP America team, our incredible chefs, brand partners and ACDBE partners, we are absolutely delighted, humbled and honored by this award. San José sits in one of the richest, most diverse culinary centers on the planet. We’ve brought together the best of the best, the regional dream team. Our cool chefs, concepts and brands don’t just represent San José’s culinary landscape, they define it. Passengers traveling through SJC will see, smell and, above all, enjoy a taste of the Silicon Valley region. This sense of place is absolutely unparalleled in any other possible collection.”

SSP will introduce two new concepts in Terminal A – Olla Cocina, California Market by David Kinch – and four outlets in Terminal B – San Pedro Square Market, The Farmers Union, Peet’s Coffee and Jim Stump’s Taproom & Kitchen.

Olla Cocina offers beautifully prepared Mexican plates celebrate the diverse and progressive food movement that epitomizes the San José region. California Market by David Kinch provides a wholly immersive, edible adventure, reflective of the regional gastronaut’s critically acclaimed concepts, including an airside outpost of Kinch’s award-winning Manresa Bread, barista offerings from Santa Cruz’s own Verve Coffee, a bespoke full-service Bar Kinch Epicurean Libations and a fully integrated market component.

In Terminal B, San Pedro Square Market concept brings a regional market anchored by brand partners who tell their own local story through their food. The brands included in the San Pedro Market are Straits Hawker Street by Chris Yeo, Konjoe Burger, District, Earthbar and Market Beer Company.

The Farmers Union is an iconic, top-rated local full-service bar and restaurant while Peet’s Coffee will feature San José’s Bagel Guys to bring an exceptional local offer. Jim Stump’s Taproom & Kitchen will serve fresh plates, beers and cocktails in a casual, welcoming environment.

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