Earlier this week came reports that Levi’s Stadium was giving it’s opening concessionaire, Centerplate, the axe — and 759 jobs along with it. Now the 49ers have announced that Levy, a Chicago-based company, will take over operations for the next season.
The deal includes control of all food vendors within the stadium, from the concourse snacks to the high-end suites and club level seating, plus all events programming. That includes vendor additions to last year’s lineup like Starbird Chicken, Oren’s Hummus Shop, and The Organic Coup, and new concession items like a Dungeness crab sandwich on toasted sourdough garlic bread, lobster rolls, and po’ boy sandwiches. Meanwhile, representatives for Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak and Pub, and his epic Sunday Tailgates confirm that there will be no changes at those gameday destinations.
San Francisco 49ers spokesperson Roger Hacker hints that many “fun details” will be announced in regards to upcoming changes at the stadium, which Levy said will be released throughout the spring and summer. They’re accepting applications now for new vendors, in addition to previous operators. And, it should be noted: Levy is required to hire all existing employees whose jobs that were eliminated in the switch.
Levy is already the service provider at seven NFL stadiums, as well as ballparks like Wrigley Field in Chicago, and events like the Kentucky Derby and the Superbowl. Its signature seems to be bringing in local, iconic food vendors. Stay tuned as more details become available ahead of the 2018 49ers season.
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