Rock Island casino celebrates food service history of new owner Delaware North Companies
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (March 1, 2012) – Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, Ill., is set to open a new restaurant at 4 p.m. today that celebrates the long history and achievements in food service of Delaware North Companies, which purchased and began operating the casino in 2011.
The Blue Square Café, created in the space previously occupied by the Lakeside Café and Top Hat Deli, takes its name from the blue square that is the main element of the Delaware North Companies logo.
The new restaurant is a celebration of Delaware North’s achievements in food service. Delaware North Companies has grown from a small theater and ballpark concessions business founded in 1915 in Buffalo, N.Y., by three young brothers to become a global leader in hospitality and food service. Today, Delaware North is one of the most admired hospitality companies in the world, with expertise in food service, hospitality management, lodging, travel hospitality, retail, sports facilities management, gaming and racetrack operations.
At Blue Square Café, guests will be able to enjoy some of the most popular, unique and delicious food items prepared by Delaware North at places such at Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Miller Park in Milwaukee, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Texas and TD Garden in Boston, which Delaware North owns and operates.
“As a leader in food service management, Delaware North operates busy kitchens at some of the most famous sports and entertainment venues and travel destinations in the world,” said Therrin Protze, president and general manager of Jumer’s Casino and Hotel. “The company serves millions of people each year at everything from quick-serve concession stands to elaborate banquet catering to some of the finest restaurants in the country.”
Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the oldest name in sports concessions, has been recognized by Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, and many other media for the delicious fare it serves to make the game-day experience special for millions of fans every season.
The Blue Square menu features special selections that represent some of the favorite food items found at the venues where Delaware North operates and highlights those venues throughout the menu. Among them are the New England lobster roll served at TD Garden, the bratwurst with Secret Stadium Sauce from Miller Park, Buffalo chicken wings from First Niagara Center and the Chicago Hot Dog served at U.S. Cellular Field.
The restaurant will be closed to the public on March 8 until 3 p.m. for a private, invitation only grand opening celebration. Regular operating hours are: Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-9.p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-10.p.m.
About Jumer’s Casino & Hotel
Jumer’s began operation in Rock Island, Ill., in March 1992 at the foot of 18th Street in downtown Rock Island. It was one of the first riverboat casino operations in Illinois. It operated as Jumer’s Casino Rock Island from March 1992 until the operation moved to its current location at the intersection of I-280 and Hwy 92 in Rock Island in December 2008. Jumer’s constructed a new casino/hotel complex and renamed the operations Jumer’s Casino & Hotel. In April 2011, Jumer’s was purchased by Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, which owns and operates several gaming and entertainment venues in New York, Florida, Arkansas and West Virginia. Jumer’s features more than 1,000 slots and 24 table games, as well as a live poker room, high-limit slot area and a VIP lounge. Amenities include a 205-room hotel with an indoor pool and fitness center, salon and day spa, events center with meeting rooms for up to 600 people, four restaurants, a nightclub, a sports bar and lakeside fire pit.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service companies. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held companies in the world with revenues exceeding $2.5 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.
Contact: Bill Renk, Director of Public Relations
Jumer’s Casino & Hotel
Jumer’s Casino & Hotel