SSP America Debuts Its Opening Showcase of Locally Owned Businesses at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

SSP America November 6, 2013

America’s Friendliest Airport is quickly becoming America’s Tastiest Airport.  SSP America, the North American division of SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide is proud to announce today the completion of its first stage of developments highlighting locally celebrated restaurants and Valley cuisine at Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4.  From gourmet burgers and wood oven pizzas to scratch-made cakes and craft brewed beers, six Phoenix restaurateurs are bringing a locavore’s approach and an artisan’s touch to the dining options at PHX.

Part of SSP America’s 10-year, $800-million contract with Sky Harbor, the new portfolio promises to meet the diverse and growing needs of Terminal 4 while remaining faithful to the airport’s vision of offering passengers world-class services that reflect a true “taste of place” with food prepared by businesses and chefs that call Phoenix home.

SSP America’s President and CEO, Les Cappetta, commented, “The demand for local food, prepared by local culinary leaders, is accelerating in every corner of the United States. Phoenix Sky Harbor had a very clear vision in wanting to offer its customers a true taste of the Phoenix food scene – and we were happy to help make that vision a reality.  SSP is truly proud and honored to be partnering with so many exceptional businesses from the Phoenix community.”

“We have already received tremendous feedback on the new dining options in our busiest terminal,” said Acting Aviation Director, Tamie Fisher. “Passengers enjoy sampling some of the finest restaurants Phoenix has to offer, right here at the Airport.”

Pre-security at Terminal 4, passengers can start their journey like Phoenix locals start their day – with an expertly pulled shot of strong, aromatic, artisan-roasted java made from organic, Fair Trade beans from Lola Coffee.

Once through security, a newly revamped food court near Gate A22 features a range of tempting options.  For the gourmet-minded burger lover, Delux Burger, serves Niman Ranch premium patties cooked to order, served on a fresh brioche-style bun, draped in American cheese, and layered with fresh toppings of red onions, pickles and thick slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Serving the Valley’s favorite pizza, Humble Pie’s quick-serve location offers fierce competition for hungry appetites with artisan pizzas and signature salads — giving passengers a preview of what its full-service location will offer early next year.  Complementing the two local options is nationally acclaimed Pei Wei.  Pei Wei invites guests to start their journey in a place where they can experience the unique and varied flavors of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand or Vietnam. Here, fiery woks sear the day’s freshest ingredients, locking in their vibrant flavors to create hot, fresh mouth-watering dishes.  Ordering kiosks serve as an added convenience for all three locations in the food court allowing busy travelers the ability to skip the line, order and pay during peak, high volume traffic periods.

A few steps from the food court, gourmet sandwiches, salads, cupcakes, famous sugar cookies, pastries and snacks – all perfectly sized for traveling— can be found at Tammie Coe To Go.

Conveniently located just after Security Checkpoint D, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, the premier specialty coffee and tea company in the U.S., delights travelers with handcrafted coffees that are rich in flavor and the finest rare teas, all sourced the world over for their highest quality.

Nocawich Express near Gate C1, showcases irresistible salads and sandos whose cheeky names match their eclectic ingredients such as The Cisco Kid, comprised of southwestern turkey breast, white cheddar, cranberry jam, bacon garlic aioli and arugula resting within slices of multigrain bread.

Rounding out the first phase of SSP’s openings at PHX, is Arizona’s beloved craft brewer, Four Peaks Brewery. This 3,600 square foot restaurant encourages passengers to dwell in its warm casual interior – a study of textured wood and brick, enhanced by period copper lighting.  Travelers will be immediately drawn to the distinctive central bar and its sleek industrial sized steel beer tanks, where they can start their meal with Four Peaks’ best-selling Garlic Cheese Beer Bread served alongside a choice of iconic microbrews anchored by Four Peaks’ Kilt Lifter Scottish-Style Ale, 8th Street Pale Ale, and Hop Knot IPA. To maximize our travelers’ precious time, SSP has partnered with ‘Tappedout’, a mobile application providing customers the convenience to pay directly from their phone without the assistance of their server. Four Peaks Brewery’s newest location at Terminal 4’s Gate A20 promises that every beer and food-loving passenger will remember their trip to Phoenix, long after departure.

SSP’s second phase of exciting new dining developments at Sky Harbor is underway, and will begin opening throughout the remainder of 2013.

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