Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has announced it will be opening more than 20 food and beverage concepts in its terminals through 2021, as well as 10 new retail offerings.
SSP Canada, an operator of food and beverage outlets in global travel locations, will introduce several highly anticipated culinary spots to YVR—many of which are first-time concepts to the award-winning hub airport.
Hawksworth Kitchen by David Hawksworth is scheduled to open in the domestic terminal in 2020, which will take inspiration from his signature restaurants Hawksworth and Nightingale. The menu will be traveller friendly and include organic salads, oven-fired pizzas, house pastas, and cured meats.
Downtown’s popular cooking school and delicatessen The Dirty Apron will bring its concept to YVR (minus the cooking school part), with plans to serve up a selection of freshly baked breads, locally sourced seasonal produce and meats.
Beer-lovers can rejoice because a handful of craft-beer spots will be opening, including Steamworks Bar & Restaurant, Whistler Brewing Lodge, and Red Truck Beer Stop. Besides libations, these watering holes will also serve up traditional mountain cuisine and pub grub.
Other food highlights include Heritage Asian Eatery offering contemporary Asian comfort food likes rice bowls and baos, Left Coast Café & Bar, Built Custom Burgers, and in the U.S. terminal, Wahlburgers.
What may be one of the most exciting culinary concepts to open at YVR is Pacific Farms Market, a local marketplace inspired by B.C.’s fresh food and produce, which will be operated in both domestic and international terminals. It’s a counterpart to San Francisco’s award-winning Napa Farms Market, which is found within San Francisco International Airport and serves local and artisanal products and bites.
In the food market’s international terminal outlet, travellers will be able to check out five made-to-order stations that offers goods from 49th Parallel and Purebread Bakery. A breakfast bar, sushi and poke station, oven-fired pizzas, and fresh juices and smoothies will be available. It will be anchored by a full-service restaurant with a seafood-inspired menu.
Other independent operators include Coastal Coffee, Subway, and Japadog.
Not many details have been disclosed about YVR’s new retail offerings, save for international travel essential brand Relay that will be accompanied by a full-service illy Café—known for its Italian coffee, pastries, and treats. Three additional Vancouver-inspired travel essentials concepts will also open up.
The addition of these new food and beverage options will elevate YVR’s existing portfolio of restaurants, many of which are fast-food chains such as Tim Hortons, Wendy’s, and A&W.
“We are excited about expanding on our strong commercial portfolio with the addition of these concepts,” said Scott Norris, vice president, commercial development, Vancouver Airport Authority, in a press statement. “Our vision for YVR’s commercial experience is to remain relevant and authentic, while creating an engaging environment with a balance of local and international brands.”