Levy Restaurants

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FounderLarry Levy
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Area served
North America
Key people
Andy Lansing
(President and CEO)
Tom Funk
(Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer)
Rob Ellis
(Executive Vice President and CFO)
Jeff Wineman (Executive Vice President Of Business Development)
ProductsFood and Beverage, Retail
RevenueIncreaseUS$ 1.5 B (2017)[1]
Number of employees

Levy is a restaurant and hospitality company based in Chicago specializing in providing food and beverage to major entertainment and sports venues. Founded in 1978, with a single family-run delicatessen in Water Tower Place, since 2006, it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Britain's Compass Group.[2]

It operates over 200 sports and entertainment venues in 41 markets throughout the US and Canada. In 2004, company revenue exceeded $470 million, and by 2017 had exceeded $1.5 billion in revenue.[3] The company also owns and operates several restaurants in addition to its sports and entertainment venue concessions.


The company was founded in Chicago, IL in 1978 by Larry Levy of St. Louis. The first property was D.B. Kaplan's Delicatessen in Chicago's Water Tower Place.[4] In 1982, the company pioneered the concept of fine dining in stadiums and arenas with award-winning restaurants and foodservice locations at Chicago's Comiskey Park (home of the Chicago White Sox) and again in 1985 in Chicago's Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs.) In 1989, the company was selected by The Walt Disney Company to own and operate two locations inside their world-famous Walt Disney World Resort, Terralina Crafted Italian and Paddlefish. Levy was also a partner in the former Wildhorse Saloon location at Walt Disney World. The Terralina Crafted Italian's has consistently been voted best Italian restaurant in Orlando. Paddlefish has achieved one of the top ten sales volumes of any restaurant in the United States. In 1994 they added their first location outside Chicago. The company also created and implemented the WOCAAT (Winning One Customer At A Time) training philosophy.


Levy's sports and entertainment division manages convention facilities, concert and performance venues and arenas for all major sports leagues. They currently manage food service operations inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY; Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO; Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN; Allegiant Stadium and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV; Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA; STAPLES Center and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles; American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL; American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX; Nationals Stadium, Audi Field in Washington DC as well as Fedex Field in Landover MDFord Field in Detroit, MI; Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, and the United Center in Chicago, IL; Impact Field in Rosemont, IL; The USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY; Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ; Moda Center in Portland, OR; Providence Park in Portland, OR; Charlotte Motor Speedway and Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC; Toyota Center in Houston, TX, among many others nationwide. They also manage all food service operations at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL and multiple establishments inside Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Levy manages all food service operations for Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Levy also operates at TD Place Arena and TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Canada, respective homes of the Ottawa 67's and Ottawa Redblacks.

Levy operates the restaurant Maddon's Post as a partnership between Chef Tony Mantuano and former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon.[5]


In addition to its role as the food & beverage provider at sports and entertainment venues, Levy operates several standalone restaurants.


  1. ^ "Chicago Business Journal". bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  2. ^ Channick, Robert (January 31, 2019). "From a Chicago deli to the Super Bowl: How two brothers built a food industry powerhouse". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  3. ^ [1]. "Levy Restaurants".
  4. ^ Levy Restaurants History and Heritage 2005 Archived 2006-06-30 at the Wayback Machine. "Levy Restaurants."
  5. ^ Selvam, Ashok (20 March 2019). "Cubs' Joe Maddon and Spiaggia's Tony Mantuano Reveal Name of Wrigley Restaurant". Eater Chicago.

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