SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a 10-year contract by the City of Los Angeles Department of Airports and Westfield to develop and operate a modern day food and beverage Marketplace at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The contract sees the development of five new restaurants covering a total of 9,160 square feet including 3,983 square feet of restaurant space in LAX’s Terminal 1, home to Southwest Airlines. The contract will see SSP America introduce a mix of local celebrity and chef-led favorites as well as world-class national brands.

Scott Welding, vice president of business development, commented: “With its recent jump from the 7th busiest airport in the world to the 4th, Los Angeles International Airport has solidified its position as one of the fastest growing hubs worldwide. LAX’s continued growth is a direct result of LAWA’s and Westfield’s proactive inward investment. In addition, Southwest Airlines’ $515.8 million investment in Terminal 1 underscores the commitment of lasting partnerships to the future of LAX as well as the economic prosperity of the Southern California region.

“SSP America is delighted to be a part of this growth and investment.  Our mix of high-performing national brands and poplar local brands backed with star-studded, chef-driven prominence will bring variety, choice and a true LA taste of place to Southwest passengers.”

SSP’s line-up includes:

Cassell’s Hamburgers – Noted as the “Burger Whisperer” by Eater LA and “Best Burger” in LA by LAmag and LA Weekly, Chef Christian Page’s award-winning burgers, sandwiches, salads and sides have continued Cassell’s star-studded reputation for quality ingredients and pitch perfect plates.

Trejo’s Tacos – Serving chef-driven, fresh forward scratch made Mexican dishes and tacos, Trejo’s resonates with hipster foodies and Millennials alike, as well as well as families, vegans, gluten-free folks and all wanting a truly, only-in-LA meal.

Chick-fil-A – Chick-fil-A brings a menu made from fresh, simple ingredients, with many hand-prepared in-house including the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. Chick-fil-A chicken is 100% pure breast meat with no fillers, steroids or hormones. In addition to the signature sandwich, Chick-fil-A offers a variety of menu options including breakfast items, salads, waffle potato fries, fruit cups, lemonade and treats. Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,200 restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C. including 31 airport locations in North America.

Pei Wei – Pei Wei, a Pan-Asian, fast casual restaurant, prepares each dish to order using freshly chopped ingredients, purposely chosen for nutrition as well as flavour, and in the tradition of ancient Asian cooking methods. Menu offerings include lettuce wraps, sushi, and salad, rice & noodle bowls that can be easily customized for any palate or diet, including gluten-free and vegetarian.

Einstein Bros. Bagels— Einstein Bros. Bagels exceeds expectations with freshly made, consistently perfect bagels, specialty sandwiches, gourmet salads and handcrafted drinks that serve every day part.   Already a familiar sight at 600 locations across the U.S., including 23 current airport locations Einstein’s is commitment to quality, speed, efficiency and 100% customer satisfaction.