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Jun 11, 2013

Target Center Announces Levy as New Premium Dining Provider


Partnership Brings Levy Restaurants to Premium Areas Inside Minneapolis’ Target Center Arena
Minneapolis, MN (June 110, 2013) – Premium level dining and in-house catering at Target Center will soon be in the hands of a new restaurant partner. AEG Management TWN, operator of Target Center, has signed a multi-year agreement with Levy Restaurants as its new premium culinary partner. The new agreement went into effect June 1, 2013.

“Our goal is to elevate the guest experience, and for that, there is no better partner than Levy Restaurants,” said Steve Mattson, Target Center Vice President and General Manager. “With its extensive relationships with other NBA teams and major venues around the world, award-winning culinary team and analytical approach, they will play a critical role in how we continue to enhance our service and build our overall business.”

“Target Center’s progressive vision to re-energize the premium dining is just right for such a dynamic venue in the heart of a diverse community with a vibrant culinary scene,” says Andy Lansing Levy Restaurants President and CEO. “We share their enthusiasm and we look forward to combining our restaurateur-driven approach with critical business intelligence to welcome guests with the very best experience this great city has to offer.”

Target Center joins the majority of NBA arenas leveraging Levy’s expertise as restaurateurs and perennial industry innovators. Levy partners with premier NBA clients to continually push the bounds of sports and entertainment dining, including Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the reigning champion HEAT and the Hyde Lounge, as well as Sports Business Journal’s 2013 Facility of the Year, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which boasts 39+ local culinary partners.

“What excites us most about Levy Restaurants is their plan to celebrate the Twin Cities’ dynamic and diverse culinary culture in the offerings our guests can experience starting next season,” said Chris Wright, President of the Minnesota Timberwolves. “Their vision for premium hospitality is second only to their proven success.”

Levy Restaurants, founded in Chicago in 1978, is recognized as one of America’s fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies, and is the leader in premium sports and entertainment dining. Levy was named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports in the world by Fast Company magazine. The company’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants such as James Beard Award-winning Spiaggia in Chicago, Fulton’s Crab House, Bar Toma, Portobello and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café at Walt Disney World Resort, renowned sports and entertainment venues like Churchill Downs in Louisville, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Mammoth Mountain and events including the, US Open, Kentucky Derby NBA All-Star Games and the GRAMMY® Awards.

Target Center is a world-renowned arena located in Minneapolis. Minnesota. In addition to hosting concerts, family shows and sporting events, Target Center is proud home to the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. The Arena is managed by AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world's preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England) which are all part of the portfolio of AEG Facilities.