Travel hub operator SSP gets on board with fast-growing restaurant brand

Simon Smith, CEO, UK & Ireland

SSP has partnered with fast-growing café-bar and restaurant brand Grind and plans to open an outlet at a key London location within the next 12 months, with a pipeline of additional locations in both air and rail under discussion.

Grind launched in Shoreditch in 2011, and the brand has since established itself as a best-in-class operator, ‘burning the candle at both ends’ to serve coffee, food and cocktails – to what it calls a “killer” soundtrack.

Grind’s coffee, roasted daily at its Shoreditch Roastery and HQ, is renowned as being amongst the best in the UK. Grind also runs a recording studio at the original Grind in Shoreditch, as well as a late-night club-bar in Clerkenwell.

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Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland (pictured), said: “Grind is an outstanding brand and we are delighted to be able to include it in our brand portfolio. The concept is great for the travelling consumer looking for excellent coffee and food, as well as for locals who want to grab a drink or a bite to eat. It is the ideal complement to our other coffee brands.”

David Abrahamovitch, CEO and founder of Grind, said: “Grind has always been about serving high quality coffee and cocktails to busy Londoners who demand the best – and we’re incredibly excited to be partnering with SSP to bring Grind into airports and train stations nationally for the first time.”

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