AUSTRIA. The first restaurant from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck in his homeland of Austria has opened at Vienna Airport in partnership with travel dining specialist SSP Group.

The 700sq m Wolfgang Puck Kitchen & Bar has opened for business in the public area of the arrivals hall in Terminal 3, joining a portfolio of more than 100 restaurants worldwide.

The new restaurant features golden design elements and offers a restaurant, bar and to-go area. The eatery has an open kitchen, which focuses on producing high quality Californian and traditional Austrian food “interpreted in a modern way”.

The new restaurant in Terminal 3 has a menu featuring Wolfgang Puck’s signature dishes, gourmet pizzas and Austrian cuisine

The menu offers Wolfgang Puck’s signature dishes such as tuna tartar, smoked salmon pizza with caviar, chinois salad and the Wolfgang Puck burger, as well as Austrian specialities such as wiener schnitzel, beef goulash and Carinthian cheese noodles.

The bar serves signature cocktails such as the Wolfgang Puck Bloody Mary, local and international draught beers, wines from California and much more.

The to-go area produces fresh smoothies, bowls, salads, sandwiches, breakfast and vegetarian and vegan dishes prepared from fresh local ingredients.

Pictured left to right at the official opening are Wenzel Bürger (SSP DACH Joint Managing Director), Julian Jäger (Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport), Klaus Puck (Wolfgang Puck Worldwide President & COO), Oliver Haub (SSP DACH Joint Managing Director), Achim Kretzschmar (SSP Austria Managing Director) and Vince Modica (Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Executive Vice President)

Klaus Puck, President & COO of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide and brother of the celebrity chef, said: “I am extremely pleased to be able to open a restaurant today at the very place where my brother began his journey many years ago. I can hardly wait for Wolf to travel to Austria in the near future in order to visit the restaurant and to personally inaugurate it once again within the context of a grand opening. I hope that the guests will enjoy the dishes we have prepared for them here.”

Wolfgang Puck’s cooking talents have earned him two Michelin stars. His success story began in 1982 with the Spago restaurant in Los Angeles, which remains a very popular restaurant in Beverly Hills. For decades Puck has cooked for the stars on Oscar night in Hollywood. 

Vienna Airport Joint CEO and COO Julian Jäger said: “In the new restaurant operated by Wolfgang Puck, guests can experience a culinary journey from Hollywood to Austria. I am pleased that the international celebrity chef has chosen Vienna Airport as the site of his first establishment in Austria.”

He added: “Together with our longstanding catering partner SSP we can thus offer our passengers a new and highly-exclusive culinary highlight.”

SSP is the largest catering partner at Vienna Airport and already operates three Jamie Oliver establishments along with Starbucks and Leberkaspepi in Terminal 3. As reported, it recently added the Austrian restaurant brand Trzesniewski in the public area of Terminal 2.

In a joint statement, SSP DACH Joint Managing Directors Oliver Haub and Wenzel Bürger said: “We look forward to intensifying our close cooperation with Vienna Airport. At the same time, we are proud to have attracted a franchise partner in Wolfgang Puck who stands for high quality and healthy international cuisine like no one else and who has his culinary roots in Austria.”

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