Levy takes minority stake in Boca Restaurant Group

Strategic partnership could vastly expand Boca’s concepts

Levy, a restaurant company and contract foodservice provider to some of the largest US venues, took a minority stake in Boka Restaurant Group, a chef-driven restaurant group. Levy manages the foodservice at 250 venues, including United Center, Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Barclays Center, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Crypto.com Arena, Levi’s Stadium, and Dodger Stadium.

Partners Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz founded Boka in 2002 and oversee the group with a team of culinary leaders. The collection of restaurants continues to grow. Boehm and Katz were named Best Restaurateurs in America by the James Beard Foundation in 2018, noted an announcement.

The ownership partnership, blossomed with high-profile chefs, helps guide and anchor the collection of restaurants. Partners include Giuseppe Tentori, Stephanie Izard, Chris Pandel, Lee Wolen, Gene Kato, Daniel Rose, and Michael Solomonov.

The flagship restaurant, Boka, opened in 2003 and subsequently earned consecutive Michelin stars since 2011. Since then, the restaurant group has grown to over 20 concepts in and around Chicago. Boka Restaurant Group eateries include Girl & the Goat, Swift & Sons, Momotaro, GT Prime, Alla Vita, Duck Duck Goat, Little Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Swift & Sons Tavern, Boka Catering, Cira, Lazy Bird, and Cabra.

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Most recently, the group has penetrated the California market with Girl & The Goat Los Angeles, Cabra, and forthcoming Café Basque, and also the New York City market with Laser Wolf Brooklyn. The team is bullish on growth plans, with several just over the horizon.

“Finding a partner that is both strategic and symmetrical to your values is difficult,” said Boca’s Boehm. “Levy is a perfect match.”

Levy was founded in 1978. In addition to events, it has partnered to supply food & drink to some of the most notable events, including Kentucky Derby, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals, Daytona 500, Indy 500, Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, and the US Open Tennis Championships. The partnership could greatly expand the visibility and reach of Boca’s culinary-rooted concepts, depending on whether it will include non-traditional locations.

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