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Levy Takes Minority Stake in Boka Restaurant Group

Chicago-based Levy, which operates food and beverage offerings at sports and entertainment venues and operates restaurants spanning a dozen markets, has acquired a minority stake in locally based Boka Restaurant Group. Terms weren’t disclosed. 

Boka was founded in 2002 by Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, and has grown to 20-plus concepts in Chicago along with expanding to Los Angeles and New York. Locally, its restaurants include Girl & the Goat, Swift & Sons, Momotaro, and GT Prime. 

“I’ve been a huge fan of Kevin and Rob for a long time, and the more I’ve come to know them, the more impressed I am with what they and their team have built,” said Andy Lansing, CEO of Levy. “They are among the best in the business, and I can’t think of a better partner to move forward with as we create the next chapter in our collective stories.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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