Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Maybe The Third Time Will Be The Charm
From Aramark to Centerplate to now Levy Restaurants, Our Washington Nationals officially announced today what was a few months ago leaked. Following Aramark at RFK Stadium, Centerplate is now out as the Concessionaire at Nationals Park--replaced by Chicago Based Levy Restaurants. Levy is also the food service provider for Verizon Center in downtown Washington, DC--The Home Of The Washington Capitals and The Washington Wizards Professional Teams.
All sides had been mighty quiet on the latest changeover until today. Even Centerplate has been very silent. (and let me tell you--I have asked).
Sohna and I ate Dinner twice during this current Hockey Season in The Acela Club Restaurant at Verizon Center. We thought it was pretty good. Although we had little knowledge at the time that Levy was bringing their services over to South Capitol Street for 2009.
Let's hope The Third Time Will Be The Charm.
More coming soon.
In the meantime, here is the complete team press release:
WASHINGTON NATIONALS INTRODUCE LEVY RESTAURANTS AS RESTAURANT PARTNER AT NATIONALS PARK
Levy to Provide Food Experience for Nationals Fans Beginning 2009 Season
[Washington D.C.] – February 17, 2009 – The Washington Nationals announced today a partnership with Levy Restaurants, the leader in premium sports and entertainment dining, for food and beverage operations at Nationals Park. Levy Restaurants will be introduced to fans during the team’s April 4 exhibition game at the ballpark.
Chicago-based Levy Restaurants is a James Beard and Ivy Award-winning restaurant company that transformed dining at major sporting and entertainment venues across the country, from Wrigley Field in Chicago to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Levy will serve traditional ballpark fare and upscale menu items, featuring regional dishes and innovative versions of D.C.’s favorites throughout the concession stands, premium seating areas, 66 suites and 10 party suites, three exclusive clubs, portable carts and at the iconic Red Porch and Red Loft at Nationals Park. Levy will also provide catering for the hospitality areas, including the Family Picnic Area and Roof Top Party Deck, as well as for all non-baseball events at the ballpark.
“The people of Washington D.C. have embraced this ballpark and this team,” said Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten. “With a focus on our fans, we are excited to collaborate with Levy Restaurants, drawing upon their expertise, energy and passion to continually enhance the food and hospitality that are an integral part of the Nationals experience.” Kasten added, “They know how to make eating at a ballpark truly memorable and fun.”
Levy Restaurants is a familiar face to Major League Baseball fans, also providing food and hospitality at Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs); US Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox); Dodger Stadium (home of the LA Dodgers); PNC Park (home of the Pittsburgh Pirates); and Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks).
“We’re thrilled to team up with the Washington Nationals to provide exceptional food and hospitality to fans at the beautiful and cutting-edge Nationals Park,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “We have great respect for what the entire Nationals organization has accomplished in bringing this team to Washington D.C. and building this incredible ballpark, and we look forward to creating Levy signature dishes and a first-class dining experience for generations of Nationals fans.”
About Levy Restaurants
Levy Restaurants, founded in Chicago in 1978, is recognized as one of America’s fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies, and is the leader in premium sports and entertainment dining concessions. Levy’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants such as James Beard-winning Spiaggia and Bistro 110 in Chicago, Fulton’s Crab House, Portobello and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café at Walt Disney World Resort, renowned sports venues like Lambeau Field in Green Bay, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and American Airlines Arena in Miami, and events including Super Bowls, World Series, Kentucky Derbies, All-Star Games and the Grammy Awards. For details, visit www.levyrestaurants.com.