Concessionaire SSP America has opened two new food and beverage (F&B) outlets at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) in Minnesota.
Republic is a modern day gastro pub serving locally crafted beer as well as dishes containing ingredients grown by regional farmers. Republic has also partnered with the McNally Smith College of Music to conduct live performances during peak travel times on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1:30pm to 5:00pm on Sundays.
Matthew O’Reilly, owner of Republic, said, “We’ve worked hard to be a leader in local and craft beer. Our hope is to carry that message to MSP travelers so they can experience what we’re up to. The McNally Smith connection is a perfect fit. We’re very much into local music and the arts, so we could not have asked for a better partner aligned with our values.”
SSP also worked with local residents Brad Nordeen and Joe Ehlenz to introduce LoLo, meaning locally owned, locally operated. The bar focuses on craft cocktails and craft beer, and has an open kitchen enabling travelers to watch the chefs prepare a range of light dishes.
Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the operator of MSP Airport, said, “Republic and LoLo showcase some of the best restaurants our state has to offer. I want to thank SSP for its support of some outstanding local entrepreneurs and its elevation of MSP’s restaurant offerings in terms of both design and culinary innovation.”
Michael Svagdis, president and CEO of SSP America, said, “Republic and LoLo are incredible examples of the Twin Cities thriving food scene, renowned Midwestern hospitality, and diverse culture that celebrates the region’s bountiful farmland. By layering in performances that showcase the rich music traditions of the region, the McNally Smith College of Music will ensure MSP passengers enjoy an environment that delivers a complete Midwest experience. The SSP America team is thrilled to bring these three extraordinary culinary and cultural institutions to the airport.”