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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20 May 2020

Coronavirus: The Coming New Reality For Restaurants

What will the new reality be for restaurants? It’s going to be tough for many eateries to make a go of it, once restrictions are eased, says Doug Roth, founder and president of Playground Hospitality in Chicago. Initially, restaurants will not be able to reopen at full capacity.

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19 May 2020

Even With Some Reopening, Industry Analyst Says Don’t Expect Restaurant Recovery Any Time Soon

Larger chains, fast casual restaurants, and Quick Service Restaurants have the best chances of surviving.

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13 Apr 2020

Adviser To Would-Be Restaurateurs: Do Your Homework

The restaurant business is notorious for long hours and a high degree of failure. Consultant Doug Roth joined the WBBM Noon Business Hour on Friday to share some fundamentals in giving your venture a chance at success.

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26 Nov 2019

Traditions Aren’t Just For Your Dining Room Table

Convenience has helped ease dining room table tensions for a long time as prepared sides and meals means very few people have to stress about cooking. The Opening Bell’s Steve Grzanich caught up with Doug Roth about some of the traditions that are happening during the holiday season and especially at restaurants in the area.

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09 Apr 2019

The Opening Bell: Restaurants are Ready for Spring

Believe it or not, the recent polar vortex that capped off our winter actually sent some restaurants out of business according to Doug Roth. That was one of the big headlines Doug brought in studio with Steve Grzanich, but the two also touched on the fluctuation of delivery & meal prep impacts along with the way we are teaching the ways of hospitality.

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