Designing a Resilient Restaurant Concept
In the world of restaurant growth and profitability, well managed concepts are always looking for ways to be innovative with menu options, price points, design and technology. No matter how innovative the architectural design of the concept is, the recipe for success contains a lot of ingredients that must balance out. Multi-Unit concepts are no different from independents in this respect. In many ways multi-unit, publically owned concepts, have more challenges keeping relevant. Navigating a bigger ship through varied geographical waters can be more complex and more difficult during down-cycles in the restaurant market. Keeping what works, yet re-tooling aspects of the concept to compete for a piece of the food retail pie is a delicate balance of self-analysis, clear vision and innovative investment.
Some on Wall Street see a market down-turn possible in the upcoming quarters for national multi-unit restaurants. Lots of supply, Millennial preferred cutting edge independent eateries and shrinking margins due to higher labor cost contribute to these cautionary forecasts. But all may not be what Wall Street sees as negatives in the restaurant industry. With fuel prices low, consumers can divert more dollars to send food to their stomachs instead of gas to their tanks. And concepts that take advantage of mobile technologies are better positioned to weather a down-turn and remain relevant to an increasingly techno-savvy consumer.
Those that have differentiated their brand and have the foresight to see trends early fare better in surviving economic dips. Two of Aria Group’s clients (Panera Bread & Dave and Busters) are mentioned in a recent article in Forbs. Maggie McGrath talks more about this issue in her article “Restaurant Recession? Maybe not if you’re Panera, Sonic Or Starbucks”.
Welcome to another edition of Meet the Team! This month, we would like you to meet Nathan Kiecker. Nathan is an Architectural Designer and has been a part of the Aria Group team since 2019. Recently, Nathan’s focus has been on several Shake Shack projects around the U.S. and his technical talents have been instrumental […]Read More
Welcome to another installment of Meet the Team! This month, we would like you to meet Lauren Oldenburg. Lauren has been with us since 2017 as an Interior Designer, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Architecture in the evenings! While at Aria, she has been instrumental in developing brands such as Tortazo, Carve […]Read More
Welcome to another addition of Meet the Team! Jasmine Esquinca has been with us since early 2016 and she is quickly approaching her 6-year anniversary with Aria Group! During her time here, she has grown into her position as an Architectural Designer. Her expertise has proven to be not only helpful to many of our […]Read More
We are full of gratitude as we enter this holiday season and we are thankful for every client—past and present! One of our clients, Cocina Compartida de Trabajadores Cooperativistas (CCTC), has been working for over three years to realize their dream of opening a shared kitchen space for street vendors to prepare food in Chicago’s […]Read More
We are excited to share another successful pro bono project that extends our continued commitment to social responsibility, environmental stewardship, equity and inclusion. Aria Group began collaborating in 2020 with Beat the Streets on their new South Archer Avenue wrestling facility located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago—a project that would transform and directly […]Read More