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AUSTRIA. World-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck officially opened his first restaurant in his native Austria at Vienna Airport this week. The inauguration ceremony of the 700 m² dining room at Terminal 3 arrivals brought together more than 100 guests.

As noted, Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar is operated in partnership with SSP Group. It has an open kitchen, a bar and a take-out area. It serves classic international cuisine, Wolfgang Puck signature dishes and gourmet pizzas.

Pictured at the launch of the Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar are, from left to right, Julian Jäger (Co-CEO and COO of Vienna Airport), Jeremy Fennell (CEO of SSP Continental Europe), Wolfgang Puck, Klaus Puck (Chairman and COO of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide) and former mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl

Puck – who now has a portfolio of more than 100 restaurants worldwide – earned two Michelin stars thanks to his cooking skills. Its success story began in 1982 with the Spago restaurant in Los Angeles, which remains a popular dining spot in Beverly Hills. For decades, he’s cooked for the stars at Hollywood’s Oscars party.

Puck said: “I am so happy to finally return to Austria and open our restaurant Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar at Vienna Airport, the gateway to the world for so many people from all over Central Europe. . It is a wonderful experience to be here.

Wolfgang Puck’s signature dish, smoked salmon pizza, is on the menu at the new airport restaurant

Jeremy Fennell, CEO of SSP Continental Europe, said: “SSP is delighted to intensify our great partnership with Vienna Airport through the unique Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar. It is a great honor for me and my team to have brought in celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck as a franchise partner.

He added: “No other award-winning chef represents Austrian cuisine combined with a touch of healthy Californian foods as much as Wolfgang Puck.”

On Tuesday evening, more than 100 guests from the aviation and restaurant industries attended the grand opening of the Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar

In an effort to direct business to the Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar beyond people flying to or from Vienna Airport, customers can park in designated parking lots at the Travel Center free of charge if billed at the new restaurant exceeds 20 € (21 USD).

Julian Jäger, Co-CEO and COO of Vienna Airport, said: “Wolfgang Puck is one of Austria’s most successful and globally acclaimed restaurateurs. We are delighted that he has decided in favor of Vienna Airport to open his first restaurant in his native Austria and to come here to personally support its launch.

An open kitchen is one of the features of the new restaurant at Vienna Airport

“With the airport experience of our long-standing catering partner SSP and the culinary expertise of Wolfgang Puck, we are able to offer our customers a new highlight at Vienna Airport.”

Read our recent interview with Vienna Airport’s Senior Vice President, Center Management, Philipp Ahrens, about the strategy behind the Travel Center’s retail and catering offering here.

To note: The Moodie Davitt Report recently relaunched its FAB newsletter. This regular newsletter features highlights of openings, events and campaigns from around the world of airport and travel catering.

Please email Kristyn@MoodieDavittReport.com to subscribe.

FAB SUPERSTARS AND ESG AWARDS

The Moodie Davitt Report is calling for entries for the 2022 FAB Superstars Awards.

This second virtual edition of the awards will once again shine a spotlight on the thousands of heroes and heroines inside and behind the scenes who have helped keep the food and beverage community within our industry throughout the challenges of the ‘last year.

In addition, this year’s awards include an important new category, the FAB ESG Trophies, which were introduced to celebrate, recognize and reward people and initiatives that have had a positive impact in the areas of environment, social and governance (ESG).

The FAB ESG & Superstars Awards will be presented on tuesday september 13 to wrap up the two-day Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) 2022 conference.

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