2021 Developers Dish!

2021 Developers Dish!

 
 

By: Dana Tanyeri

Published: May 24, 2021

 

Restaurant development may have slowed over the past year but by no means has it stopped. In fact, many brands have been busier than ever working to refine prototypes, shift economic and real estate models, implement new technologies, meet changing consumer demands and otherwise get on with the task at hand of regaining or — for a few outliers — maintaining strong development momentum despite the pandemic.

 

With the dark COVID-19 cloud over the industry beginning to lift, rd+d reached out to development leaders from four diverse brands, inviting them to take stock, share strategies and dish a bit about what’s been and what’s to come. Their concepts are diverse, ranging from fast-casual sandwich to wine-centric gourmet dining. All of their brands have continued to grow, thanks in part to smart, strategic development, a strong focus on collaboration and a willingness to be flexible.

 

Between them, these development professionals have more than 70 years of experience and have helped to grow some of the industry’s top brands.

 

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Jeff Sturgis:

Our expectation was that we were going to open 12 new Another Broken Egg Café units in 2020, three of which had opened before COVID-19 hit. We ended up opening nine cafes last year, so six units after the pandemic hit. Three of those saw their projected openings delayed by anywhere from one to three months, while the rest, planned for later in the year anyway, opened on schedule. The remaining units that we had expected to open last year opened earlier this year. As for 2021, we’re on track to open 18 new cafes.

 

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Read the Full Story at: rddmag.com

 
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