A side of diversity, please: One of the largest minority-owned companies in the US, Thompson Hospitality is a contract foodservice provider to businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions. The foodservice operator's clients include a number of historically black colleges and universities, notably Delaware State and Norfolk State, as well as institutions around Washington, DC, such as Walter Reed Army Hospital. Thompson Hospitality also owns a handful of chain restaurants, including Austin Grill. Formed through an alliance with major food provider Compass Group, Thompson Hospitality has a presence in more than 45 states and four foreign countries. The two companies still partner on contracts.