09.04.2019
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. (September 3, 2019) – Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality, has announced the completion of several upgrades and enhancements to the company-operated dining locations at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
 
The improvements were part of an extensive, multi-year plan to enhance the properties, which Delaware North operates on behalf of the U.S. National Park Service. Delaware North has operated in Sequoia National Park since the late 1990s, and at Kings Canyon National Park since 2013.
 
Recent improvements to the dining experience include:
  • The new, open-air Wuksachi Pizza Deck at Wuksachi Lodge, featuring outdoor firepits, views of Mt. Silliman, and the opportunity to dine under the stars, amid the smell of pine and the sounds of the forest. Wuksachi Pizza Deck serves a variety of hearth-baked pizzas, organic salads, and craft beers.
  • The addition of a solar-powered, grab-and-go food cart in Sequoia National Park called The Sherman Shack, thought to be one of only a few in national parks. Located in the parking lot near the General Sherman Tree, The Sherman Shack provides visitors convenient eating options during the summer season, serving several Trail Ready Meals, including sandwiches, salads, and snacks ranging from trail mix to muffins. All items are produced in house daily to ensure customers are always receiving the freshest food.
  • Renovations to Lodgepole Café, including the addition points of service to speed up ordering and consolidation of the grill and deli into a single concept offering the full menu. Among the new menu additions are fresh-made grab-and-go sandwiches and salad options using primarily local sustainable ingredients.
  • In 2017, Delaware North completed a 10-month, $6.4 million rebuilding of Grant Grove Restaurant in Kings Canyon National Park. The restaurant was redesigned and reconstructed using sustainable materials and construction techniques, and it earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
 
“Visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks deserve a hospitality experience that’s befitting of these extraordinary places,” said Lance Wellwood, regional vice president of Delaware North’s parks and resorts division. “The upgrades that we’ve made over the past few years will ensure our guests continue to have a first-class experience every time they stay or dine with us.”
 
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Delaware North’s operations in the parks include Wuksachi Lodge, the Wuksachi Pizza Deck, The Peaks Restaurant and Lodgepole Café in Sequoia; and the John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Cabins, Cedar Grove Lodge, Grant Grove Restaurant and Cedar Lodge Grill in Kings Canyon.
 
Visit https://www.visitsequoia.com/ for more information on Delaware North’s operations at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
 
About Delaware North's Parks and Resorts Business
Delaware North Parks and Resorts is a global leader in the hospitality industry, operating lodging, food and beverage and retail services, recreational activities, and educational programming at destinations throughout North America and Australia. Delaware North operates in many of the United States’ iconic national and state parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Niagara Falls State Park, as well as at cultural attractions such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. To learn more about Delaware North’s hospitality management expertise, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.
 
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 more than 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 a half-billion guests annually. Delaware North operates in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries and has annual revenue of about $3 billion. Learn more about Delaware North at www.DelawareNorth.com.
 
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