April 1 2024  |  Airline & Terminal News

SSP America expands into Spokane International Airport

By Jane Hobson

Zona Tortas & Tacos is coming to GEG 

SSP America, Inc. has been awarded a 10-year contract to lease, develop and manage the Spokane International Airport’s (GEG) restaurant and retail program.

SSP America will oversee the operation of nearly six retail locations and be responsible for developing and operating 11 restaurant locations in the airport’s terminals and soon-to-open expanded Concourse C gate area, the press release said. The food and beverage services will focus on local restaurants that celebrate the region’s cuisine.

“When travellers visit Spokane International Airport, they’re not just passing through our gates onto their next destination. They’re stepping through the front door of the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene community, and reimagining the Airport’s concessions program enables us to simultaneously enhance the passenger experience and create new opportunities to engage and spotlight local Inland Northwest businesses,” said Ezra Eckhardt, Board Chair, Spokane Airports. “After an extensive RFP process, we’re pleased to welcome SSP America to the Airport and look forward to the innovative approach we expect they will bring to our concessions program.”

Under SSP America, the airport’s restaurants and retail offerings will feature offerings such as Zona Tacos and Tortas by the two-time James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef Northwest & Pacific and restaurateur Chef Chad White, as well as The Yards Bruncheon by Chef Adam Hegsted who is also a James Beard Award semi-finalist.

Local favourites such as Jack & Dan’s Tavern, Iron Goat Brewing Co., Wanderlust Delicato, Wiley’s Downtown Bistro, Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters and more will also be present.

“We have a passion for bringing a ‘taste of place’ to passengers,” said Scott Welding, Senior Vice President of Development and Pursuit of New Airports, SSP America. “Our ultimate goal is to shine a spotlight on the people, brands and flavours that make each region distinct and [we] are thankful for the opportunity to become part of the Spokane International Airport community.”

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