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#076: Food & Beverage Career Opportunities in Sports Entertainment – Levy Restaurants

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Joseph Smith – Levy Restaurants – @LevyRestaurants – Los Angeles, CA

Podcast recorded live above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.

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Summary

  • Joseph Smith is Director of Operations for Levy Restaurants at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles.
  • Levy Restaurants pioneered the concept of fine dining in stadiums and became the first outside organization to create, own, and operate restaurants in Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Adding value for patrons at events by changing the dining culture to bring in food and beer vendors from the local area.
  • Joseph explains the importance of learning and understanding a company’s procedures  before starting to make adjustments.
  • How StubHub Center turns over an entire venue that hosts two major sports events within 24 hours.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Levy Restaurants

Website – http://www.levyrestaurants.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/levyrestaurants

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/levy.restaurants/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/levyrestaurants/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/LevyRestaurants/

Careers – http://www.levyrestaurants.com/careers/

Mentions

Valley View Casino Center – https://valleyviewcasinocenter.com/

AEG Entertainment – https://www.aegworldwide.com/

Colorado University – https://www.cu.edu/

Omni Hotels – https://www.omnihotels.com/

Madison Square Garden – https://www.msg.com/

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Shareable Quotes:

  • “I have a vision. The most challenging thing for me to get over is that just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s wrong. {12:07} – Joseph Smith
  • “I don’t know how to fail. That is even an option if I want to put my mind to something.” {23:00} – Derek Marso
  • “Guess what? You don’t become a manager by being in the most comfortable positions.” {29:20} – Shawn Walchef
  • “Getting to talk to people and all the experiences plus my passion for music… I’ll work 18 hour days.” {35:00} – Joseph Smith
  • “Usually you see attendance grow and your per caps go down. But that’s not the case. We’ve seen attendance grown and per caps grow!” {38:10} – Joseph Smith

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