Patina Restaurant Group Announces Exclusive FoodService Partnership With New England Aquarium - Food & Beverage Magazine

Patina Restaurant Group Announces Exclusive FoodService Partnership With New England Aquarium

 Patina Restaurant Group (PRG) is pleased to announce its new exclusive partnership with Boston’s New England Aquarium (NEAQ) for the management of all food services, including catering, events and visitor dining, beginning this month. NEAQ’s Harbor View Café and seasonal space The Reef will both undergo a significant refresh to create new, exciting dining experiences.

For Delaware North, PRG’s parent company and also the owner and operator of New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena, TD Garden, this is a strategic expansion into Boston, where it holds deep ties in the hospitality and foodservice communities. The company’s extensive relationships and experience will be beneficial to the success of the rejuvenation of NEAQ.

Harbor View Café will be transformed into a modern casual dining experience for families and Aquarium guests with new furnishings and a mix of communal tables, banquets and tables for two. New farm-to-table menus will embrace New England coastal cuisine, such as Chatham cod fish and chips, Grafton cheddar grilled cheese, and North End subs, all sourced locally.

The Reef, outdoor dining situated on the Aquarium Plaza with stunning views of the harbor and city of Boston, will be refreshed with a new gastro pub concept, with a large bar featuring views of the open kitchen. Shellfish platters, charcuterie boards, and small plates perfect for sharing and socializing are planned for the menu alongside craft cocktails.

The selection of Patina Restaurant Group as exclusive caterer at NEAQ comes after a competitive national search for a food partner that could meet the needs of the Aquarium’s growing community and clientele while accommodating a longstanding dedication to sustainable practices. For PRG, based in New York City and Los Angeles, this is an exciting step into the Boston market.

“We’re delighted to now be a part of the New England Aquarium family with this new partnership,” said Jim Houser, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Delaware North. “We’re looking forward to bringing delicious, locally-driven, sustainable dining to the Aquarium in a beautiful new setting and embracing the city of Boston.”

Further information will be announced later in 2019.

New England Aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf, Boston MA 02110. www.neaq.org

ABOUT PATINA RESTAURANT GROUP
Patina Restaurant Group is a bicoastal boutique company and leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. In New York, its portfolio features Lincoln Ristorante, Stella 34 Trattoria at Macy’s Herald Square, the Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center, Brasserie 8 1/2, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera, STATE Grill and Bar at the Empire State Building, Yellow Magnolia Café at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, La Fonda del Sol at Grand Central, and the Rink at Rockefeller Center. Other East Coast properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante at the Epcot World Showcase, Morimoto Asia and Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Florida.

On the West Coast its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times’ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Café Pinot, Ray’s & Stark Bar, Catal and Naples in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District®, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, and catering and food service in museums and cultural centers throughout California. www.patinagroup.com

ABOUT DELAWARE NORTH
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for over 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 55,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than 500 million guests annually. Delaware North has annual revenue of about $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North at www.delawarenorth.com.

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