Think beyond the walls of your restaurant.

Playground Hospitality helps separate you from the crowd. 

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Our Game

Playground Hospitality creates successful new dining concepts, improves existing operations and extends the life span of established restaurants.

Our collaborative approach was shaped over decades developing and operating highly successful dining concepts. We pair top creative talent to your project through our extensive network of industry leaders.

Concept Design

We spin familiar concepts to revitalize traditional dining and keep it fresh


Complex systems interacting seamlessly for your guest experience

Restaurant Consulting

Freshen a successful concept to reflect dynamic guest preferences

Business Advice

Objective advice to meaningfully improve your bottom line

make your property a preferred destination

As a strategic partner to large operations with a food and beverage component, Playground Hospitality collaborates with business, sports and leisure destinations to develop on-site dining operations that elevate your brand.

Invent a new game

Players adapt when the rules change. We’ve seen dramatic shifts before and can help you adjust.

Keep yourself in the hospitality game with an exceptional take-out and delivery experience. We help burnish your brand beyond the walls of your restaurant.

Restaurants are changing. Expect limited menus, smaller dining areas and an intense focus on air circulation and purification.

Our industry depends on keeping staff and guests safe. Let Playground Hospitality show you how to win guests back.

Team Up

Retail, commercial and residential developers put Playground Hospitality on their projects for expert restaurant advice that matches dining concepts with markets and properties. 

Concept Clarity 

Playground Hospitality focuses on connecting the design, atmosphere, menus and procedures to deliver a consistent guest experience.

Meet Playground Hospitality's Founder

Doug Roth

Doug Roth founded Playground Hospitality to help clients pull together the thousand details that create a successful concept. As the Playground manager, Doug has partnered with leading corporations to develop new dining concepts, improve existing operations, and extend the life span of established restaurants.
Over his 30-year hospitality career, Doug launched and operated dozens of highly profitable concepts including Bistro 110, which ranked among the highest grossing restaurants in Chicago for 22 years, along with award-winning restaurants Blackhawk Lodge, Bistro 100, and Red Moon. That depth of experience keeps Playground Hospitality clients from making expensive mistakes.
Doug’s decades of experience as a hands-on operator and Levy Restaurants equity partner make him an effective strategic collaborator. A third-generation restaurateur, Doug led the advisory board of the Tulane University Entrepreneurial Hospitality Program, guest lectured at Purdue University, and is a mentor for Entrepreneurial students at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Doug Roth

Doug Roth

Tastes are Dynamic

We specialize in food that delights the eye and nourishes the soul.

Playground Hospitality menus treat guests to flavorful dishes with a healthful foundation.


Craveable and Consistent

Playground Hospitality concepts reflect your brand personality through food, atmosphere and service. 

Our restaurants stand out and drive repeat guests in a competitive market.

Airwaves & Articles

20 Nov 2020

Potbelly Launches Another Turnaround

The chain must figure out its competitive advantage—a soul search it failed at during its last revamp—and translate that to the online ordering world. "You put your brand in the bag," says Doug Roth, founder and president of Chicago-based restaurant consultancy Playground Hospitality. "You need to be able to figure out how to do that."

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21 Jun 2020

Restaurant Red Flags: How To Know Where To Dine Might Not Be Fine

Americans are on pace to set a new record for spending on dining out this year. To prepare for the massive restaurant crowd, Founder and President of Playground Hospitality Doug Roth joined the WBBM Noon Business Hour to discuss the red flags that could signal an eatery may not be up to snuff.

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