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MCCA Announces Expanded Food & Beverage Services for Lawn on D

Boston- The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) today announced a new five-year food and beverage service agreement for The Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank that will greatly expand the customer experience. Rebel
Restaurants, an affiliate of The Cronin Group was awarded the rights for the food and beverage service. David Gibbons,
Executive Director of the MCCA, stated “This will allow the MCCA to offer more food options to both our corporate
customers and to our publicly programmed events. This improved service will be available for both our main pavilion
and our new corporate pavilion. We can now do events ranging from casual to black-tie and our corporate customers
will now be able to have customized food menus to meet their special needs.”

“Rebel Restaurants is the perfect partner for the MCCA and is making a strong commitment to making The Lawn on
D more vibrant and oriented towards a great customer experience at all times,” added Gibbons. In addition to the
expanded dining, menus, and cuisines, Rebel agreed to help provide additional live entertainment options plus expand
awareness and use of The Lawn through promotions at its dozen restaurants, including Temazcal, Remy’s, The
Playwright, Whiskey Priest, Tony C’s and Tia’s.

“Having served Boston and the South Boston community for over 20 years, and owning many restaurants and a catering
company in the neighborhood, we feel that we are the perfect fit to provide first-rate food, beverage, and service that
will make the Lawn on D even better,” said Jon Cronin, President of Rebel Restaurants. “I love the Lawn on D, and with
our access to over 1,000 dedicated, local employees in the immediate area we can give the MCCA great flexibility and
ensure more fun and smoothly run events with a wide variety of dining options to satisfy any taste.”

Rebel Restaurants has extensive experience in high-volume, public food and beverage operations and concessions. Its
catering affiliate, Seaport Catering, has for years handled many of the large events around the Innovation District
including during the Tall Ships visit and Seafood Festival. It has also been selected by Grand Prix of Boston to provide
catering and concessions services during its event scheduled for September, 2016.

The Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank will officially open to the public at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, for another
season of activities, art and events through October 10, 2016. The MCCA is taking reservations now for the entire
season from corporate businesses now. Call 877-393-3393 for further information. Food and beverage service provided
by Rebel will begin on the same date.

The full program and schedule of events at The Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank will be announced this spring. To
stay up to date on the latest announcements, go to, “like” The Lawn on Facebook at, or follow The Lawn on Twitter and Instagram at @LawnOnD.

About The Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank

A first-of-its-kind interactive outdoor space in Boston, The Lawn on D debuted in August 2014 as an experimental event space, hosted by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). Located at the epicenter of Fort Point Channel, the Innovation District and the South Boston neighborhoods, The Lawn on D, which became The Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank in February 2016, is a community-focused initiative that attracts diverse audiences from across the city in an innovative and creatively engaging urban space. Following the initial experimental phase in seasons one and two, the third season of The Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank will focus on adding additional private and corporate events to this very flexible and customer-friendly environment. A winner of BostInno’s 2014 50 on Fire, The Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank will be open for activities and private events from May 21, 2016 through October 10, 2016.

About the MCCA

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) owns and oversees the operations of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. and the Boston Common Garage. The BCEC and Hynes have earned a rare gold standard from the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), making Boston only the fourth city in North America and the 12th worldwide to have been awarded this top standard, the highest certification level a convention facility can achieve under strict AIPC guidelines. The MCCA's mission is to generate significant regional economic activity by attracting conventions, tradeshows and other events to its world-class facilities while maximizing the investment return for the residents and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

About Rebel Restaurants/Cronin Group

Since opening its first restaurant in South Boston in 1995, the Cronin Group has designed, developed, and operated more than 200,000 square feet of restaurant space, primarily in the City of Boston. With over a dozen restaurants and 2,000 employees, the companies are headquartered on Northern Avenue in the Seaport District.