USA. SSP America has opened LoLo American Kitchen and Craft Bar, short for ‘locally owned, locally operated’, at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

The restaurant, which opened on 3 November, is in Terminal 1’s Concourse E and offers chef-driven seasonal local cuisine. The menu focuses on gourmet American street foods, fresh handmade cocktails and craft beers and wine.

LoLo American Kitchen and Craft Bar was created by two friends, Joe Ehlenz and Brad Nordeen. The pair opened their first restaurant in their hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota.

Metropolitan Airports Commission Chief Executive Officer Brian Ryks said: “SSP has been a long-time partner of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and has demonstrated time and again its commitment to upholding MSP’s mission ‘to provide your best airport experience.’ I want to thank SSP for its support of some outstanding local entrepreneurs and its elevation of MSP’s restaurant offerings in terms of both design and culinary innovation.”

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LoLo Founder Joe Ehlenz commented: “Our goal is to deliver an authentic experience to the MSP traveller. We want to keep the same ideals that we’ve kept street side, scratch bar to kitchen, using local distillers and food products. It’s been a winning combination for us, and we believe with SSP America as our operating partner, it will be a winning combination at the airport.”