VANCOUVER — Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has announced 20 new food-and-beverage concepts set to open over the next two years, with the first locations slated to open this summer.
“At YVR, we strive to provide an outstanding customer experience and that includes offering a variety of compelling concepts that appeal to a diverse group of travellers across our food-and-beverage and retail portfolio. We are excited about expanding on our strong commercial portfolio with the addition of these concepts,” says Scott Norris, vice-president, Commercial Development, Vancouver Airport Authority.
SSP Canada will introduce 10 new concepts that will combine award-winning culinary teams with fresh, local ingredients. Concepts include Steamworks Bar & Restaurant, Whistler Brewing Lodge, Red Truck Beer Stop, Heritage Asian Eatery, Left Coast Café & Bar, Built Custom Burgers, Wahlburgers and a new concept from chef David Hawksworth — Hawksworth Kitchen.
Set to open in the Domestic Terminal in 2020, Hawksworth’s new restaurant will mark the chef’s first airport location and will take inspiration from his celebrated Hawksworth and Nightingale restaurants. The traveller-friendly menu will feature farm-fresh dishes, including organic salads, oven-fired pizzas, house pastas and cured meats.
San Francisco-based Tastes on the Fly will also open a local marketplace concept to YVR — Pacific Farms Market. Inspired by B.C.’s vibrant and high-quality food scene, the concept will operate in both the Domestic and International Terminals. The International Terminal food market will be anchored with five made-to-order food stations, including a grab-and-go section featuring 49th Parallel coffee and a selection of baked on-site goods from Purebread Bakery; a Market Fresh station with freshly made offerings and a breakfast bar in the morning; a sushi and poke station serving fresh regional fish; Live Fire Pizza; and a juice bar with freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. The International Terminal market will be flanked by a full-service restaurant and bar featuring a seafood-inspired menu offering the best of fresh, local catches.
A number of independent operators will also offer a variety of on-the-go options including Coastal Coffee, Subway and Japadog.
“When looking at our food and beverage portfolio, we put a lot of focus on local and authentic flavours that provide a distinct British Columbian character, while offering a variety of strong international brands. We listened to feedback and this new lineup will ensure our passengers have a range of options for different tastes and price points,” adds Norris.