Trail Blazers Press Release

Trail Blazers Partner With Levy Restaurants To Elevate Dining Experience At The Rose Garden

04/25/13
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    New Deal with Award-Winning Restaurant Partner Places Emphasis on Innovation and Local Approach to Food and Beverage

     
    PORTLAND, OR (April 25, 2013) – Food and beverage options for guests at the Rose Garden and Rose Quarter are now in the hands of a new provider. The Portland Trail Blazers and Rip City Management have signed a multi-year agreement with Levy Restaurants as their new culinary partner.  The new agreement goes into effect July 1.

    “After a long and in-depth selection process, we are pleased to be partnering with who we believe is the top food and beverage provider in the world, Levy Restaurants,” said Chris McGowan, Trail Blazers President & CEO.  “With its broad relationships with other NBA teams and major venues around the world, Levy will deliver an award-winning food and beverage vision, along with premium hospitality and service.  They will play a critical role in our goal of enhancing the fan experience in the Rose Garden and Rose Quarter.”
     
    “The Rose Quarter campus is a true epicenter of culture, hosting an array of events, from NBA basketball, live theatre, concerts, exhibitions and so much more,” said Andy Lansing, President & CEO of Levy Restaurants.  “Struck with Blazermania, we are thrilled to dive into the eclectic local culinary scene to capture the spirit and flavors of this truly trail blazing region.  We can’t wait to welcome fans to yet another great gastronomic experience in Portland.”
     
    The choice of Levy Restaurants concludes a search process that covered more than 13 weeks, with five competitors vying for the opportunity.  The Rose Garden becomes the 22nd NBA home venue utilizing Levy Restaurants to oversee food and beverage services.  Levy’s list of NBA arenas and clients includes AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat; the Houston Rockets’ Toyota Center; United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls; and the newly-opened Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets.
     
    “What excites us most about Levy Restaurants are their plans to celebrate Portland’s dynamic and diverse culinary culture in the offerings our guests can experience starting next season,” said Chris Oxley, Trail Blazers Vice President of Operations.

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    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. Levy was named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports in the world by Fast Company magazine. The company’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants such as James Beard Award-winning Spiaggia in Chicago, Fulton’s Crab House, Bar Toma, Portobello and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café at Walt Disney World Resort, renowned sports and entertainment venues like Churchill Downs in Louisville, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Mammoth Mountain and events including the, US Open, Kentucky Derby NBA All-Star Games and the GRAMMY® Awards.
     
    ABOUT THE ROSE GARDEN
    The Rose Garden is the primary indoor sports arena in Portland, Oregon and home of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Owned by Vulcan Inc., a Paul Allen company, the Rose Garden also hosts concerts, rodeos, circuses, conventions, ice shows, dramatic productions and several WHL Portland Winterhawks games. Located adjacent to Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Northeast Portland’s Rose Quarter, the 20,000-seat, $267 million multi-purpose venue opened in the fall of 1995. In 2010, the Rose Garden became the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold Certification.
     
    ABOUT THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
    Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 29 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. With a corporate mission to make it better in the community, the Trail Blazers strive to help children and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington live, learn and play. The Trail Blazers are the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Rose Garden, became the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold Certification. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.

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