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Evanston sports catering firm has new owner

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Evanston-based Professional Sports Catering, which serves baseball minor league and spring-training venues, has been acquired by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, a leading concessionaire formajor-league baseball and other pro sports.

Professional Sports Catering, based in the 1603 Orrington Ave. building, was founded in 2005 by Tom Dickson and Sherrie Myers, owners of the Class A Lansing Lugnuts team in Michigan. It now serves food at 20 venues.

“In Levy Restaurants, we found a partner that shares our core values of quality food, great guest service, and a partnership mentality.” Dickson, PSC's CEO said in a statement today.

The partnership will allow PSC to continue to focus exclusively on mid-sized baseball stadiums.

“PSC has a true passion for the minor league game day experience and we couldn’t be more proud to partner with them,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants.

So far this year PSC has announced new partnerships with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Single-A affiliate, Tampa Bay Rays), and PSC’s first spring training account, a partnership with the Peoria Sports Complex (Spring Training Home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres).

It's nearest partner teams to Evanston are the Kane County Cougars and the Peoria Chiefs.

Chicago Business says the acquisition gives Levy a much larger market share of the more than 200 minor league baseball franchises nationwide, where it faces major rivals like Philadelphia-based Aramark Sports & Entertainment Services LLC and Buffalo, New York-based Delaware North Cos. Sportservice.

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