Trader Vic’s lands at San Jose Airport on Memorial Day for all of your tiki bar needs
If you’re flying from Mineta-San Jose International Airport and want to start your vacation early, you’ve got a new place to relax and enjoy a tropical drink or two: Trader Vic’s will soon be there to cater to all your needs Tiki bar food and drink needs.
The Polynesian restaurant and bar will open in time for Memorial Day travelers in Terminal B, the Mercury News reported for the first time.
Trader Vic’s will (of course) have its signature dining options like the tuna sack, a macadamia chicken salad, and some unique breakfast menus, but the main focus will be on the cocktails.
Vic’s showstopper, the Original Mai Tai, is at the center of the cocktail menu (fitting since Trader Vic’s founder Victor Jules Bergeron Jr. is credited with inventing the popular rum drink), but there will be other options as well. The Nebelschneider and the Scorpion are also on the menu, as are other drinks that you have come to know and love from the original from Emeryville: E’ville Awa, Koana Puffer, Passion Punch, Chi Chi and more. There will also be a selection of coffee grogs and a variety of flavored Mai Tais; There are also some non-alcoholic versions for those who don’t want to drink or for smaller fliers.
If you’re in a rush, there is also a planned Trader Vic outpost that has some quick-to-do items. Expect some wrapped sack shells and flavorful chicken wrap on the menu. There are also some nice shake n ‘go salads and other small snacks that are perfect for your flight.
Trader Vic’s move to the airport has been in the works since 2018. Vic’s arrival was announced as part of a trio of new restaurants due to move into the airport along with Chick-Fil-A and Shake Shack, Eater, reported in 2018.