Visitors to Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) will begin to see a transition in F&B offerings this month as part of a new concessions programme

SSP America, a division of SSP Group, recently won a contract to operate a collection of post-security restaurants at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, including Peet’s Coffee, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, and Mad Duck Craft Brewing Co.

This portfolio of restaurant partners will be consistent with FAT’s focus on offering passengers a convenient, comfortable, and friendly travel experience as well as a focus on delivering a line-up of brands which celebrate the region’s culinary landscape. SSP America will operate two units in an interim capacity while three others are under development. The airport plans to work with interim brands offering quality products to reduce the impact during the construction phase of these permanent concepts.  

Peet’s Coffee will begin operating a limited menu of coffee, tea, bakery and breakfast items in the former Starbucks location as construction takes place on transforming the space. When complete in summer 2024, Peet’s Coffee at FAT will be consistent with Peet’s focus on expanding into the Central Valley.

Fresno Peet's Coffee

Peet's Coffee opened its first branch, in Berkeley, California, in 1966

Meanwhile, the second-floor restaurant space will feature an interim concept called Tap & Pour during the new design and buildout of Mad Duck Craft Brewing Co. Tap & Pour’s exclusive menu for FAT offers items that pay homage to the region including a Yosemite Breakfast Plate and Fresno Burger. An expanded seating area at the interim Tap & Pour will provide more capacity for travellers to enjoy a preview of Mad Duck’s signature craft beers on draft.

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches will occupy a brand-new space past security screening. Peet’s Coffee, and Ike’s Love & Sandwiches are expected to operate in their newly constructed, transformed locations in summer 2024. Mad Duck is expected to launch in its remodelled location in autumn 2025.

“The Central San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the most beautiful landscape in North America, and FAT is a gateway to the natural beauty so many travellers want to experience,” said Paul Loupakos, SSP senior vice-president of development and airport retention.

“Our SSP America team is going to bring cool, authentic restaurants to FAT that reflect the culinary landscape. We’re looking forward to developing the portfolio at Fresno and being enthusiastic members of the FAT community.”

FAT is one of the largest drivers in economic activity in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Fresno Chandler Executive Airport are municipally owned entities operating as a self-supporting enterprise.       

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