Find your happy balance

Seesaw is an exciting fresh casual restaurant experience from Doug Roth, Gale Gand and Dan Smith.

We are a team of seasoned professionals, passionate about food, with a fresh new idea.

We experienced how the Farm-to-Table movement opened people’s minds and palates, yet as we scanned the fast-casual landscape and learned what others are doing, we discovered a disconnect between the food the market offers and what people demand in their fast paced, up and down lives.

We saw their desire for customization and desire for fresh ingredients in an energized setting.

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Doug Roth


As a third-generation restaurateur, Doug has restaurant expertise embedded in his DNA. 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 Seesaw. As president of Playground Hospitality, Doug has helped food service startups and established restaurants with everything from creative concept and brand development, operational systems and menu creation, to financial modeling and real estate strategy.

Gale Gand


Gale Gand is pastry chef/partner of the newly opened SpritzBurger in Chicago, a collaboration with The Hearty Boys. She is partner of the Michelin one star, Tru, with Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants. Gale was the host of Food Network “Sweet Dreams” and has authored 8 books. She produces Gale’s Root Beer, has received two James Beard Awards, has been inducted to the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame and is the mother of 3.


Dan Smith


Dan Smith, one half of The Hearty Boys, has been one of the trend setting caterers in Chicago for the last 15 years, feeding the likes of President Obama and Oprah Winfrey as well as producing events for 10 to 10,000. He and partner Steve McDonagh were the original Next Food Network Star winners and subsequently had their own series, “Party Line with The Hearty Boys”. Chicago restaurants include HB, Hearty and most recently SpritzBurger with Gale Gand. Cookbooks include “Talk with Your Mouth Full” and “The New Old Bar.”

we keep it simple, direct & a little bit playful

We are a chef-driven, fresh-casual concept creating approachable food that is always tasty and always “crave” producing.

We believe that eating well is about preparing and eating the right food for how we happen to be feeling at the moment. You should get the food you want the way you want it and we feel you should enjoy your food -- always.

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“We don’t believe that anyone should have to sacrifice flavor to get a wholesome, healthy dining experience. We cook the way that food should be eaten, as our families have always done in their own homes - real food, simply prepared with love, and satisfying to eat. Our food is both fresh and familiar. It feeds not only the stomach, but also the soul.”
— Gale Gand