Restaurant Development & Design

March-April 2017

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5 0 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 DESIGNERS DISH! We Keep You Cooking! www.Kitchens ToGo.com FASTER IS BETTER When building or expanding restaurant operations, Permanent Modular Construction is the fastest way to save time and money. With modules pre-constructed in a quality-controlled factory, your new building is completed in HALF the time , which means faster occupancy, less construction fatigue, and quicker revenue generated to prove a return on investment. Call for a complimentary consultation (630) 355-1660. ANNA POLONSKY & AMY MORRIS The MP Shift, New York How we spend our time: Besides working, working, work- ing, it's a joyful mix of eating out, research, traveling to clients — which brings us endless inspiration — and yoga. Life balance is key, and we encourage our employees to make it a priority as well. One challenge: Communication. We've had several projects in which we needed to satisfy not only the main client but also various partners, investors, GM, chef, architect, etc. We continue to refine our process to gather the most precise brief before construction starts but also to make sure everyone stays on track and that there is a clear directive. Inspirational icons: Chef Dan Barber, who's trying to not just cook but to help change the way America eats; Michelle Obama, whose ability to be gracious in the face of grave anger is impressive; Kevin O'Connor, founder of DoubleClick, who never expects the norm and always looks for better solutions, even when everyone questions his path. The MP Shift recently completed the design for De Maria, a light and stylish all-day cafe concept created by music producer Grace Lee and onetime "Top Chef" contestant Camille Becerra. Photo by Nikki Brand

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