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Golden State Warriors announce hospitality partners for new arena

NBA basketball franchise the Golden State Warriors has announced restaurant business Bon Appetit Management Company and sports and entertainment food provider Levy as its hospitality partners at Chase Center, the team’s under-construction new home arena.

The agreement is set to launch at the start of the 2019-20 season and will see five local food businesses provide San Fransisco Bay Area inspired experiences for fans.

These will include Oakland’s Bakesale Betty, San Francisco’s Tacolicious, Sam’s Chowder House of Half Moon Bay, Hot Dog Bill’s Burger Dog, and finally Big Nate’s BBQ, a revival of NBA Hall-of-Famer Nate Thurmond’s eatery.

“By joining these two first-class restaurant groups, we are getting Bon Appétit’s ability to curate high-quality, sustainably and locally sourced food combined with Levy’s industry expertise, scale and extensive knowledge of professional sports and its fans,” said Warriors president and chief operating officer, Rick Welts.

“Nobody knows the Bay Area food scene like Bon Appétit. Our fans’ and future guests’ culinary expertise and love for our local restaurants is top notch, and we want to provide them with nothing less than that when they come to Chase Center and the surrounding area. We know these five food providers will provide our fans with unique and Bay Area favourite cuisine.”

Bon Appetit source from more than 200 “Farm to Fork” small-farm partners located within 150 miles of San Francisco, and alongside Levy and the Warriors have launched Taste Makers at Chase Center, a program to support locally-owned businesses through networking and educational programs.

The Palo Alto-based company is a recognised industry leader in environmentally and socially responsible sourcing and has won multiple awards for its practices.

“Chase Center and the surrounding district are going to be a destination for the entire Bay Area community, and we are looking forward to providing first-class hometown cuisine to everyone who comes,” said Bon Appétit chief executive, Fedele Bauccio.

“Food is a key element for any great event – whether a game or a concert – and we intend to create food experiences together that will be emblematic of the Bay Area and make the nation take notice.”

The Warriors broke ground on the 18,000-capacity Chase Center in January.