Skyport awards airport eateries contract

  • Bermuda Travel Cocessions: pictured, from left, are Dennie O’Connor, Jennifer Turini Ysseldyke and Kyle Phillips

    Bermuda Travel Cocessions: pictured, from left, are Dennie O’Connor, Jennifer Turini Ysseldyke and Kyle Phillips

  • New restaurant: an impression of the Rock & Barrel Gastro Bar, to open inside the new airport terminal next year (Image supplied)

    New restaurant: an impression of the Rock & Barrel Gastro Bar, to open inside the new airport terminal next year (Image supplied)

  • Airport eatery: an impression of The Heron and The Sea, to be the main dining option in the International Departures area of the new airport terminal building (Image supplied)

    Airport eatery: an impression of The Heron and The Sea, to be the main dining option in the International Departures area of the new airport terminal building (Image supplied)


Skyport has awarded the food and beverage concession in the new terminal at LF Wade Intermnational Airport to Bermuda Travel Concessions.

Plans are in place to create three distinct eateries with Bermudian themes.

Bermudians Dennie O’Connor and Jennifer Turini Ysseldyke have partnered with SSP America, one of the world’s leading airport food and beverage operators, to create Bermuda Travel Concessions.

Aaron Adderley, president of Skyport, said: “It was important for us to introduce an innovative dining concept for the new passenger terminal building. We were pleased to see two young Bermudians team up with the world’s largest food and beverage operator to form Bermuda Travel Concessions.

“They both have a proven track record in delivering successful restaurant and entertainment experiences, and this partnership is an ideal outcome. We look forward to welcoming next year, travellers and members of the community to enjoy the elevated offerings.”

The new restaurants are The Whistling Rum Bar & Grill, Rock & Barrel Gastro Bar and The Heron & the Sea Public House. Each location will have full dining and takeaway options.

Mr O’Connor, co-owner of Beach Boys Ltd, says: “This opportunity for us is exciting, motivating, and surreal. We are grateful for Skyport’s ability to see that Bermudian-driven food and beverage culture and hospitality, coupled with the experience and expertise of an international company like SSP, will result in the highest standards and outcomes for a successful concession.

“We are also grateful for SSP’s commitment to collaborate and invest in Bermuda and its people. This collaborative effort gives us a chance to enhance our offerings, bolster the tourism industry, and provide excellent employment opportunities for Bermudians.”

The Whistling Rum Bar & Grill will add to the restaurant selections in the east end. It will be located before the check-in area and will feature a full-service outdoor patio offering al fresco dining.

A landside bar and grill will be available to serve options including jerk roasted chicken, fish tacos, fish chowder and warm rum cake. Also featured will be a line-up of cold beers, international wines and sparkling wines as well as a menu with signature cocktails.

In the US Departures lounge, passengers will be able to enjoy food and drinks at Rock & Barrel Gastro Bar — a restaurant with spectacular views over the runway and Ferry Reach.

Featuring design elements that draw inspiration from the natural woods, stones and turquoise waters of the island while blending in what is described as “an eclectic industrial vibe”, this restaurant will be a full-service gastro bar with signature Bermudian cocktails, local and international brews and freshly prepared island dishes.

Travellers will also have the option to sit outside and enjoy the views and the breeze from an open-air full-service patio.

The Heron & the Sea will be the main dining option in the International Departures area, inviting guests to enjoy a range of beverages in a pub-influenced setting. Bermudian-inspired dishes with a focus on seafood will also be offered including fish chowder, seared George Bank scallops, blackened wahoo and shrimp kebabs with guava BBQ sauce.

Kyle Phillips, senior director of business development, SSP America, said: “The Bermuda LF Wade International Airport team sought an elevated experience for its passengers, and SSP America answered the call.

“Our strategy was to deliver the ‘taste of place’ for which we’re known, as well as unsurpassed operational know how. We’re looking forward to being part of the BDA Airport community.”

There will also be a market-style convenience store in the arrivals public meet-and-greet area for those coming in from late flights, offering quick bites and coffee to go.

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Published Oct 31, 2019 at 10:31 am (Updated Oct 31, 2019 at 10:41 am)

Skyport awards airport eateries contract

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