In 2019, the Ottawa Airport Authority announced the multi-year YOW+ terminal enhancement program which included a reimagined airport concession program. As part of the YOW+ program, SSP Canada, the preferred food and beverage concessionaire, was tasked with the ambitious goal of creating new restaurant spaces and introducing local brands and content in concert with tried and true airport brands.
The majority of the concepts can be found within a newly developed food court area called Marché du Canal or Canal Market Hall and include quick casual pizza and burger concepts as well as:
Bridgehead Coffee, Ottawa-based Italian grocer La Bottega, which operates a top restaurant; Toronto-based Bento Sushi, now Canada’s largest sushi company; and local favorite Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery.
With the opening of the Ottawa restaurants, SSP now operates in nine Canadian airports which represents an important portion of its business across North America.
Vice President of Business Development Bob Stanton commented: “We’re honored to be part of the YOW community and bring this group of local and Canadian concepts to the Capitol’s Airport. Our thanks to the entire YOW team led by Director of Operations Graie Messina for their passion and commitment to bringing a ‘taste of place’ to YOW passengers.”
“It’s been years in the making, but we are truly delighted to offer our passengers more choice, local treasures, and SSP Canada’s signature ‘taste of place’ at YOW,” said Mark Laroche, Ottawa International Airport Authority President and CEO. “Early results confirm that travelers are embracing our iconic brands and loving the bright, beautiful spaces SSP has recently brought to life. And there is more to come!”