The Other Side, II
One of my favorite posts from last year was “The Other Side,” wherein I wrote about the topic of (and challenges with) working for tenants versus landlords. In keeping with CityRetail’s entrepreneurial and experimental nature, it’s time to act on the above contemplations — now feels as good a time as ever to roll out several new projects with a select group of tenants. Here’s our nonnegotiable checklist when evaluating tenant clients: (i) top-notch experience? (ii) proper financing? (iii) passion/entrepreneurship? (iv) good people? and (v) non-competitive with other assignments (i.e. we don’t want two clients with substantially similar space/location requirements)?
Given the above and our comfort working with restaurants, you wont be surprised that our first cluster of clients are as follows:
- Toro Restaurant, chef/owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. What Ken and Jamie have done at Toro (and Coppa) is incredible and I don’t need to say anything more to promote these guys than what the rest of the culinary world has already said.
- Chef Steve “Nookie” Postal. Executive Chef, Boston Red Sox. Nookie brings to the table a really unique experience from his time with the Red Sox, where his team revamped Fenway’s premier food service dept. His restaurant will be quite different from Fenway Park though; it will be an intimate, chef driven, farm-to-table neighborhood establishment.
- Chef Daniel Bojorquez. Executive Chef, Sel de la Terre. While Daniel has close to a decade’s worth of training at Boston’s flagship french restaurant, L’Espalier (most recently running sister restaurant Sel de la Terre in Natick), he’ll switch gears to a rustic neighborhood spot more in-line with the food he grew up cooking and eating in Northern Mexico.
I’m really excited about these three projects. They comprise a nice diversity of chefs with a range of experiences, accolades, concepts and requirements.
I strongly believe leveraging our last 3 years of work finding top-notch restauranteurs o/b/o some of the areas biggest LLs to now being engaged on “the other side” is a natural next step for CityRetail and an area wherein we can do some really fun and powerful work.
Stay tuned for more updates and shoot me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts about the above or questions re: these three assignments and related requirements.