Ovations Food Service at River Downs Racetrack

| October 31, 2013


(Cincinnati, OH) – Selected to bring their signature Everything’s Fresh™ food and beverage service to River Downs, Ovations Food Services began operations at the horse racetrack on October 14th. Partnering with Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., owner and operator of River Downs, Ovations will work to accomplish their mission “to make it bigger, better, cleaner and more enjoyable for the loyal fans that have supported the track in the past and the new race goers we intend to attract,” as explained by General Manager, Kevin Kaufman.

Ovations’ Chefs are already in the test kitchen creating new concession menu items as well as updating the Turf & Terrace Clubhouse menu with quality ingredients, improving presentation and taste.

“Ovations is looking forward to helping to create a one-of-a-kind guest experience by elevating quality and service through our Everything’s Fresh™ approach,” said Mark Pruett, Ovations’ River Downs General Manager.

River Downs, located east of Cincinnati, is undergoing a $200-million renovation to transform the facility into a Gaming & Entertainment Center complete with video lottery terminals, dynamic restaurants, a new clubhouse, VIP Lounge, additional parking and much more. The renovations are expected to be complete in Summer 2014. During this time, the Clubhouse will remain open for simulcast racing and dining.

About Ovations Food Services, LP: A nationally ranked food service company, Ovations Food Services (www.ovationsfoodservices.com) delivers fresh menus, fresh management and fresh ideas to public assembly venues, hotels and casinos throughout the United States and Canada. Ovations specializes in food, beverage, merchandise and hospitality services for stadiums, arenas, convention centers, fairgrounds, expo-centers, racetracks, zoos, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, casinos and hotels. Locally, Ovations operates at both the Duke Energy Convention Center and Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH as well as the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, OH. Considered by many as the best managed and most innovative company in the industry, Ovations’ results oriented senior management team has been involved in managing almost every major public assembly facility throughout the United States and Canada.
About Comcast Spectacor: Ovations parent company, Comcast-Spectacor® (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 115 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.

About Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc: Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. purchased River Downs in 2011. Pinnacle Entertainment also owns and operates a total of seven casinos located in Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana and Nevada…”The horse racing industry is a fantastic industry,” stated General Manager Kevin Kaufman. “We are only going to make it bigger, better, cleaner and more enjoyable for the loyal fans that have supported the track in the past and the new race goers we intend to attract.”

For over three-quarters of a century, race fans have enjoyed the pleasure of taking in the races at this beautiful track that has kept up with the times, while never losing its ambiance. Located only minutes from downtown Cincinnati along the scenic Ohio River, River Downs is warm, friendly, clean and it keeps you close to the live action while presenting year-round simulcast racing in a comfortable setting.

Source: Ovations Food Service

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