New Food & Beverage Team at Columbus Civic Center

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There are big changes on the way for the Columbus Civic Center.

The next time you head there you'll be in for a treat at the concession stand.

That's because a taste of Boston is coming to Columbus.

The Civic Center and Boston Culinary Group reached a five year deal, announced last week, to provide food and beverage service for the 10,000 seat arena.

Teams from BCG, headed by Greg Fender, are already in Columbus.

"We've got equipment scheduled to be landing pretty much every day between now at the 17th," Fender said.

Which is the day before the Denim and Diamonds concert featuring Montgomery Gentry on July 18th.

The partnership went into effect on Wednesday and on Thursday, something never before seen at the Civic Center began to take shape, a kitchen.

"This is certainly the crunch time for us. We've got about two weeks to pull together the main kitchen and many of the concession stands are being renovated at this point as well, so this is our push time," Fender said.

Boston Culinary Group operates in 70 venues around the country, including stadiums, arenas, even ski resorts.

The biggest challenge, according to new General Manager Kevin Lorms is making what has been successful elsewhere work in Columbus.

"Learning what is unique to Columbus, Georgia and what is unique to the team and where they are focused and certainly, it's all about guest service, having their fans have a good and enjoyable experience while they're in the building," Lorms said.

BCG outbid two other companies, including former food and beverage company Aramark, for the rights.

The new direction has officials like Robin Walker, head of marketing for the Civic Center, anticipating the possibilities.

"It's very exciting for us here in the building. It's very exciting for the city of Columbus because this is going to open up a whole new world of opportunities for us," Walker said.

The biggest changes patrons will notice at future events include a better selection at the concession stands, new catering options, and even fine dining opportunities.

And if you thought that was good news, Civic Center officials say prices will not drastically change.

"The prices will be consistent with what they have been, only the quality is going to be so much better," Walker said.