Local fare drives dining makeover at Oakland Airport

Oakland, CA – November 14, 2018: The Port of Oakland (“The Port”) Board of Commissioners (“The Board”) has confirmed its decision to adopt the Evaluation Committees’ recommended awardees for Four Separate Food & Beverage Concession Opportunities at Oakland International Airport:

  1. Package #1    SSP America OAK, LLC

A partnership made up of international concessionaire SSP America, Inc. (headed by Pat Murray, Executive Vice President; of Ashburn, VA); Shonda Scott, 360 Total Concept Consulting, an Oakland-based Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“ACDBE”); and local chef Nikki Shaw of Wystone Starlight Concessions, also an ACDBE partner.

  1. Package #2    Package #2 HFF Oak Venture, LLC

A partnership led by national concessionaire High Flying Foods (headed by Glenn Meyers, CEO; of Sausalito, CA); local ACDBE partners Andalé Management Group and RDJ Enterprises; plus a sub-tenancy new location for Subway, to be operated by existing local ACDBE NNF Grewal/Subway.

  1. Package #3   Soaring Food Group, LLC

Berkeley-based ACDBE Soaring Food Group, LLC led by CEO Joseph G. Cook.

  1. Package #4    Rylo Management

San Rafael-based ACDBE Rylo Management, led by CEO Gina Graziano, CEO.


On May 4, 2018, the Port of Oakland Aviation Division released a Request for Proposals for Four Separate Food & Beverage Concession Opportunities (the “F&B RFP”) covering all restaurant and bar locations in Terminals 1 and 2 (T1 and T2) at Oakland International Airport. Proposals were due on July 27, 2018.

A total of 19 Proposals were received from twelve Respondents. Staff reviewed the Proposals and deemed that all met the minimum qualifications to move on to the presentation phase.  The evaluation committees, comprised of internal and external representatives, witnessed the presentations then reviewed and scored each proposal.

The long-term agreements with the current concessions operators Andalé Management Group, Inc., Gotham Foods Two LLC (operating Firewood Café), and Host International, Inc. expired on May 31, 2018. The Board voted on May 11th to extend the contracts through January 31, 2019, to avoid disruption of operations during the transition period.

Approved Concessions Packages

The four packages approved by the Port of Oakland consist of 17 units. A single unit may include multiple concepts.  Each package is briefly described below:

Package No. 1: Partnership Led by SSP America, Inc.

Seven Units in T1 & T2, including the Pre-Security unit adjacent to the Terminal 1 passenger security checkpoint (Total 11,480± Square Feet):

Terminal Location Area (sq. ft.) Concept
T1 Pre-Security 1,390 SF Peet’s Coffee
T1 near Gate 8 3,878 SF Oakland A’s Club House
T1 near Gate 9A 853 SF Peet’s Coffee
T2 near Gate 24 1,583 SF Cosecha Market
T2 near Gate 26 1,010 SF District
T2 near Gate 27 487 SF Peet’s Coffee
T2 near Gate 28 2,279 SF Sierra Nevada


Package No. 2: Partnership Led by High Flying Foods

Eight Units in T1 & T2, including the Pre-Security unit adjacent to the Terminal 2 passenger screening checkpoint (Total 13,186± Square Feet)

Terminal Location Area (sq. ft.) Concept
T2 Pre-Security 1,058 SF Artisan Market
T1 near Gate 4 1,577 SF Oaklandish Coffee Collective
T1 near Gate 8A 1,158 SF A16 Pizzeria
T2 near Gate 22 1,081 SF Farley’s Café
T2 near Gate 25 5,553 SF The Hangar – Featuring:
* Drake’s Brewing
* Brown Sugar Kitchen Counter
* Red Bay Coffee
T2 near Gate 26 727 SF Subway (Subtenant: NNF Grewal, Inc.)
T2 near Gate 29 1,495 SF Calavera Taqueria & Agave Bar
T2 near Gate 30 537 SF Southie

Package No. 3: Soaring Food Group

Independent/Small Business Unit in T1 (1,283± Square Feet); Currently Silver Dragon Café

Terminal Location Area (sq. ft.) Concept
T1 near Gate 9 1,283 SF Luka’s Taproom & Lounge

Package No. 4: Rylo Management

Independent/Small Business Unit in T2 (1,455± Square Feet); Currently Firewood Café

Terminal Location Area (sq. ft.) Concept
T2 near Gate 23 1,455 SF Tay-Ho Oakland


The approved agreements represent a significant departure from the current offerings in Oakland International Airport’s Food & Beverage Program by incorporating a greatly increased presence of local concepts. When fully implemented, the refreshed program will deliver on The Board’s desire to create a stronger sense of place within OAK’s terminal facility.  The Concessions Opportunity awardees are in contract with the Port of Oakland for a term of ten years and eleven months through December 31, 2029.  All concepts are expected to be operational by the end of 2019.

About Oakland International Airport

Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 13 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top business and tourism venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.

Oakland’s air service roster to over 60 nonstop destinations is offered on 12 different airline brands.

The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.

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