Who We Are

Playground is your partner, not a typical restaurant consultant.
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Mission Statement

From international hotel groups to award-winning restaurants, we work with you to rediscover the soul of your business; creating distinguished concepts and uncovering your unique story.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Playground Hospitality partners with established hotel, restaurant, and entertainment groups to provide invaluable expertise in order to change the face of their business.

We believe that life’s biggest lessons are learned on the playground, and we incorporate that into every aspect of our business. Imagination, Collaboration, and Respect are the core values we weave into our client partnerships and this “trifecta” is what makes our consulting approach so unique.

What We Do

We provide exceptional hospitality for our clients, so they can create memorable experiences for their guests.

Our goal is to make your business a preferred destination, endorsed by guests on social media to create buzz and generate new and returning customers alike.

We’ll help you define your story and discover your point of difference, so you can connect with your customers in a more meaningful way.

How can we help you?

How can we help you?

Are you a hotel group looking for an all-day restaurant concept?

Are you an existing restaurant group struggling to keep up with logistical challenges?

Are you a resort in need of a unique food and beverage experience?

Are you a real estate developer looking to conceptualize a mixed-use space?


Our team of experts can help revamp your hospitality business, utilizing one or more of our specialties, including:


Playground Hospitality was founded by third-generation restaurateur, Doug Roth, who has decades of experience launching and operating award-winning restaurant concepts. Some of his most notable concepts include Bistro 110 (which ranked among the highest-grossing restaurants in Chicago for 22 years), Blackhawk Lodge, and Red Moon.

When Doug isn’t working, you can find him collecting classic cars, enjoying a good swim, and contributing to his favorite philanthropic organizations like S.D. Gunner and Honor Flight. He’s served on the board for both organizations, helping train service dogs for veterans at S.D. Gunner and flying war heroes to Washington, D.C. for a one-of-a-kind experience with Honor Flight.


  • Doug often appears as a restaurant + hospitality expert for a variety of media outlets like NPR, WBBM Radio, & Crain’s + Chicago Tribune.
  • As a proud Tulane University alum, he’s given back by helping develop their new Hospitality Master’s Program.
  • He has guest lectured at Tulane, Northwestern, and Purdue.

Previously an equity partner at Levy Restaurants, he’s seen it all when it comes to front and back of the house operations. Because he’s been there through it, he knows what it’s like to be in his clients’ shoes. This led him to his passion for helping others fulfill their vision and doing so in a creative, collaborative, and meaningful way.

When you work with Playground Hospitality, you work with Doug directly, creating a valuable partnership unique to our firm.

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