Doug Roth Founder & President
Playground Hospitality


As a third-generation restauranteur, Doug Roth has restaurant expertise embedded in his DNA. He is the son of Don Roth and grandson of Otto Roth, operators of Chicago's famous Blackhawk restaurant. He has developed and operated multiple successful, on-trend restaurants, including Bistro 110, Bistro 100, Blackhawk Lodge, Don Roth Restaurants and the award-winning Red Moon. As an equity partner and VP of development with Levy Restaurants, Roth created multiple nationally-recognized restaurant concepts. As the hands-on operator at Bistro 110, he directed more than 150 employees, and for 22 years it was one of the highest grossing restaurants in Chicago.

With an eye for thoughtful details and a nod to Midwestern heritage, he is on a mission to bring responsibly grown food to more people with a new farm-to-counter fresh casual restaurant concept: Seesaw.

Roth is a visiting instructor for the School of Hospitality & Tourism at Purdue University. In addition to his love for the hospitality industry, he is a sports enthusiast who enjoys swimming and biking and a dedicated volunteer for veteran-based organizations. He lives in North Shore with his wife Jennifer and their three children.

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