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DOUG ROTH

Founder + President, Playground Hospitality

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As a third-generation restauranteur, Doug has developed and operated multiple successful, on-trend restaurants.  

Doug has restaurant expertise embedded in his DNA. He is the son of Don Roth and grandson of Otto Roth -- operators Chicago's famous Blackhawk restaurant.

Doug has owned and operated many restaurants throughout his career, including Bistro 110, Bistro 100, Blackhawk Lodge, Don Roth Restaurants and the award-winning Red Moon.

As an equity partner and VP of development with Levy Restaurants, Doug created multiple nationally recognized restaurant concepts.

As the hands-on operator at Bistro 110, he directed more than 150 employees and it became one of the highest grossing restaurants in Chicago for 22 years. 

With an eye for thoughtful details and a nod to Midwestern heritage, he is on a mission to bring responsibly grown food to more people with a new farm-to-counter fresh casual restaurant concept: Seesaw.

Doug is a visiting professor for the School of Hospitality & Tourism at Purdue University.

In addition to his love for the hospitality industry, Doug is a sports enthusiast that enjoys swimming and biking. Doug is a dedicated volunteer for the Travis Mills Foundation. He lives in North Shore with his wife Jennifer and their three children.