A well-known chef and entrepreneur was on the verge of explosive growth. Investors were excited about his talents and partnerships, were in place for 3 locations to be opened within 18 months. Each project was a completely different concept.
Knowing that these restaurants would not support a long-term corporate staff, Batali was retained to provide the short-term operating expertise to assure successful opening of these highly visible and critically praised restaurants.
Batali managed all 3 openings successfully through the recruitment and onboarding of outstanding management and teams. By creating and implementing the training programs, they allowed all three restaurants to open at much higher than expected volumes. Local and national recognition followed as these 3 restaurants grew to success.
In addition to the operations portion of this engagement, Batali led the pre-opening team including marketing support, design and construction coordination, permitting, management development, and post-opening management work.