Convention Center picks new food vendor

Source: Rick Rouan, Columbus Dispatch, August 2, 2016

The Greater Columbus Convention Center has selected a new food vendor. The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority chose Chicago-based Levy Restaurants from among four companies that submitted proposals to replace Centerplate, which lost its contract amid a federal investigation. … Brown said Levy’s reputation for handling convention center business around country, including those in Atlanta, Boston and Pittsburgh, made it an attractive choice. Levy will take over for Centerplate by November, Brown said. The company will handle all food and drink service in the convention center except for the food court. That business totals about $10 million a year, which nets about $3 million a year after expenses to help fund the convention center, he said. The contract with Levy is for five years with three, three-year renewal options. The authority will pay the company $200,000 a year, and Levy can earn another $100,000 a year in incentives. The authority also is paying $5,000 a month to the Columbus Hospitality Management firm to make sure that the transition between Centerplate and Levy is smooth. …