Newcity's roundup of the top behind-the-scenes influencers in Chicago’s food and drink scene: The Big Heat: Chicago’s Food and Drink Fifty.
Newcity is pleased to announce the return of our biggest culinary issue of the year, The Big Heat: Chicago’s Food and Drink Fifty.
“I didn’t want to be an S.O.B.: Son of the Boss.” But no getting around it: Doug’s dad is Don Roth, legendary restaurateur/owner of the Blackhawk, a classic mid-century Chicago restaurant. “We’d eat there, just my dad and me, and he’d sit facing the dining room, keeping an eye on things. I’d usually end up eating alone because he was always jumping up to make things right for guests.” That laser-focus on the guest continues at Playground Hospitality, a restaurant consultancy founded with Gale Gand and Dan Smith, built on the old-school customer-service principles embedded in Doug’s DNA.