We’ve been a part of more than 350 restaurant openings, and our team has worked with every type of food business you can imagine from candy shops to fast casual to fine dining and everything in between.

Our wide range of services are customized to develop the “recipe of success” for each of our restaurant clients.

Here is a sampling of our most recent work:

The Porch at Christie’s (fast casual, non-profit)
Westport, CT

The Porch: The Recipe of SuccessFrom the day Christie’s opened its doors in 1926, one thing remained the same, Christie’s was the go-to spot in the Westport community. With the inviting Porch on the front of the store, it became a place for the community to meet, buy local foods and treat themselves to a delicious ice cream from the adorable ice cream hut.

In early 2020, Bill & Andrea founded the non-profit Sweet P Bakery in Norwalk. Sweet P is dedicated to providing job training and employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In early November, they had their very first graduating class from their Baking 1 – Foundations class. What has been missing is the employment part of the mission. This has all changed now with the opening of The Porch.

WHAT WE DID:
  • Recipe Development
  • Guest Flow
  • Operations and Training Manual
  • Recruiting, interviewing & Hiring
  • Training
  • POS Selection
  • Post Opening Support

The Grey Owl Bar & Grill (Full-service, Events, Catering)
Rockland, ME

The Grey Owl: The Recipe of SuccessThe Grey Owl Bar & Grill opened in November 2020 after a full remodel. Chef owner Lexi Zable sought to create a year-round dining option for the coastal Maine town. In a land of seafood, The Grey Owl has a well-rounded menu offering scrumptious steaks, signature burgers, wings, daily specials and an impressive cocktail menu. This upscale casual concept is COVID-19 compliant by design and includes two separate dining areas, a full bar and indoor/outdoor event space.

WHAT WE DID:
  • Branding
  • Interior Design
  • Marketing
  • Mentorship

e.terra kitchen (Hospitality)
Harlem, NY

e.terra, a flexible culinary workspace solutions company, opened its first flexible commercial kitchen in Harlem, New York in April 2021. Founded by industry veterans Bella Karakis and Joel Rogozinski, e.terra provides community-focused, flexible commercial kitchen solutions and business services to support the growth of food & beverage companies in every stage of development. The Harlem space is 5,600 square feet and features 2 large kitchens, state-of-the-art commercial kitchen equipment and technology, with room to scale while keeping startup costs low. It includes a shared commercial kitchen, a baker’s kitchen, ghost or private kitchen stations, dry and cold storage, office co-working space and full roster of business support services.

WHAT WE DID:
  • Site Selection
  • Kitchen Design
  • Construction Management
  • Equipment Specifications
  • Strategic Planning

Restaurant Clients

Fast Casual/QSR

81 and Sunny – Westport, CT
Artuso’s Pastry Shop – Mamaroneck, NY
Aunt Viv’s Homestyle Cooking – Bridgeport, CT
Beyond Bagels – Livingston, NJ
Café Xpresso – Newtown, CT
Dylan’s Candy Bar – Manhattan, NY
Eatza Pizza – Nationwide
Garden Catering – Multi Location, CT
Gourmaine – South Portland, ME
Grass Roots Deli – New Haven, CT
HAPA Food Truck – Stamford, CT
Hen of the Woods – Southbury, CT
Honey Joe’s Family Coffeehouse – Stamford, CT
Huntington Street Café – Shelton, CT
Joanne’s Gourmet Pizza – Long Island, NY
Kudo Beans – Fort Lee, NJ
Migdalia’s Cuban Café – Bergenfield, NJ
Liquid Lunch – Shelton & Milford, CT
Munchelino’s – Manhattan, New York
Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies – Hamden, CT

Organic Krush – Plainview, NY
Naked Greens – SONO & Wilton, CT
Rue de Crepes – Manhattan, NY
Pour Me – Danbury, CT
Rye Ridge Deli – Rye, NY & Stamford, CT
Rugby Café – Washington DC
Stoner’s Pizza Joint – Georgia, Florida, South Carolina
Soul Tasty BBQ – Stamford, CT
SuperSandwich.com – Shelton, CT
Subsconscious – Harlem, NY
Sweet Pizza – New Hampshire
Sweet Pea’s Baking Company – Greenwich, CT
The Rex Burger & Lobster – Mineola, NY
The Porch at Christie’s – Westport, CT
The Pump Energy Food – Manhattan, NY
The Stand Juice Company – SONO & Fairfield, CT
The Village Roost – Wilmington, VT
Upper Crust Bagel Company – Old Greenwich, CT
Venchi Chocolate and Gelato – Central Valley, NY
Zoe’s Eatery – Springfield, NJ
Zorn’s of Bethpage – Bethpage, NY

Full Serve & Fine Dining

Amsterdam Café – Harlem, NY
Brick Walk Tavern – Fairfield, CT
Country Club of Darien – Darien, CT
Cull & Pistol – Manhattan, NY
Heartland Brewery – Manhattan, NY
LaPerle – Stamford, CT
Lunch Box – Weston, CT
MA&GIA Italian Osteria – Manhattan, NY
Main House BBQ – Brooklyn, NY
Negril Village – Manhattan, NY
Nyack Grill and Bar – Nyack, NY
Old Mill Saloon & Smokehouse – Norwalk, CT

Pink Sumo – Westport, CT
Plain Jane’s Restaurant – Bethel, CT
Post 154 – Westport, CT
Redding Roadhouse – Redding, CT
Rowley’s Grill – Winstead, CT
Seagrass Grill – Branford, CT
Shorty’s NYC – Manhattan, NY
Svenningsen’s – Manhattan, NY
The Grey Owl Bar & Grill – Rockland, ME
The Riverhouse – Westport, CT
Town of Stratford – Stratford, CT
Willy Parker’s – Williston Park, NY

Hospitality

Aggie Station – Manhattan, KS
ARAMARK – New England
BE Chocolat – Fairfield, CT
Bijou Theater – Bridgeport, CT
ChefNBox – Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Chefscape – Manhattan, NY
E. Terra Kitchens – Harlem, NY

Kathouse Lounge – Manhattan, KS
Jilly B’s Boutique & Treats – Cherry Hill, NJ
LaCrasia Gloves – Manhattan, NY
Kite’s Grill & Bar – Manhattan, KS
The Boston (212) Café – Manhattan, NY
Lucille Roberts Fitness Express – Manhattan, NY
Wall Street Theater – Norwalk, CT

Testimonials

We worked with Mark when opening Cafe Xpresso & he was a HUGE help! Mark helped us in testing our recipes to get flavor profiles correct & he helped with organizing our staff & operational procedures. He has a form for anything you might want to accomplish & he really knows about restaurants.

In dealing with a first restaurant, I was fortunate to have found Mark through the New Jersey Restaurant Association. His insight; patients and knowledge of the industry proved to be invaluable to the successful opening of our restaurant. Mark’s professionalism and personal attributes are a reminder of the what a true professional is all about in this industry. I would recommend him without hesitation.

I own a newly formed Gourmet Cookie company. I know business but I don’t know the food business. Making the decision to work with Mark was one the best moves I have made in business to date. Mark is knowledgeable in ALL areas of my business. Mark is not just a consultant to my business but I consider him a strategic partner. Having the ability to consult with him about the long term strategy, and the short term (down and dirty nitty gritty) is a rare combination. I highly recommend Mark and could not imagine moving forward without him as in integrated part of my business.

Mark is a very special high level manager that brings a wealth of restaurant/food operations, leadership and administrative support experience to the table. He performs extremely well under high pressure and high volume situations, keeps his people motivated and delivers results. Mark has a high level of integrity and communicates exceptionally well. He is able to relate to people at all levels and is always seeking a better way to improve quality, sales and service. His organization skills and follow through are outstanding. He understands P&L management and knows how to impact the bottom line. I have known Mark for over 10 years and he is a pleasure to work with.