The Eatery Opens at Tampa International Airport


Artisanal pizza, handcrafted burgers and healthy, satiating grab-and-go meals define The Eatery. No, this isn’t in Hyde Park or Tampa’s burgeoning downtown area. This gathering of foodie favorites is in Terminal F at Tampa International Airport.

Tampa brands gain international exposure at airport

The 7,700 sq. ft. market — operated by SSP America — features six brands offering an eclectic mix of flavors. Michael Svagdis, SSP America Chief Executive Officer, commented, “There’s a great synergy among this all-star group which includes our operating partner Perez of Florida Inc. and design team Alfonso Architects as well as this extraordinary group of local restaurant leaders.”

“I love that my own passion for a great local restaurants is equaled by the SSP America team. And, of course, it’s great to see these amazing local brands continue to expand and develop their businesses airside,” added Ruben Perez, President of Perez of Florida, Inc.

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Bella’s serves brick oven pizza to travelers

Among the featured restaurants is Bella’s Italian Café, which opened in Tampa in 1986. Their location at TPA, Bella Veloce, features a carefully curated ‘best of’ list from their main menu. Travelers will be able to enjoy brick oven pizzas, savory sandwiches and Bella’s famous salads.

General manager Eric Potts said, “After 30 years in south Tampa we are honored to join SSP America’s TPA concessions team and are very excited about the exposure and the opportunity to reach new customers.”

Healthy grab-and-go meals at TPA

David Osterweil’s Fitlife Foods provides passengers with healthy grab-and-go meals designed to help build up travel endurance. Salads, wraps and vitamin-rich snacks — made with local ingredients — are designed to fit all dietary preferences/restrictions including gluten-free and vegetarian.

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Awesome burgers at The Eatery

Travelers looking for something a bit heartier can head to Tampa’s own Square 1. All of the proteins at the restaurant are hormone- and antibiotic-free, from 100% all-natural Angus beef to ground chicken and buffalo.

SQ1 also offers a special portobello burger for those seeking a vegetarian option. Vice President Bill Milner said, “Square 1 is excited to partner with SSP America and TPA to bring our eleventh location to market. Square 1 is an up-and-coming concept that appeals to all demographics. The exposure for Square 1 at the airport is incredible, and the partnership will only strengthen our brand.”

Other local concepts featured at The Eatery are Buddy Brew Coffee, Yogurtology and Liquid Provisions — a full service bar with local craft beers.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of thatssotampa.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@thatssotampa.com.