Restaurant Development & Design

JUL-AUG 2018

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Great Makeover The For any restaurant, a first impression is important. And for most customers, that first impression is made right at the front door. The 180-seat Bravo! Restaurant & Café in Portage, Mich., just celebrated its 30th anniversary serving a variety of Italian- American cuisine including pasta, calamari and its famous mushroom soup, for which Chef/Owner Shawn Hagen says, "people come from miles around." Even with that reputation, Hagen knows that it's important to make that good impres- sion at the front door. "That's a big impres- sion point right there, as people enter your business," he says. More than 15 years ago, Hagen had Special-Lite SL-19 AMP Wood Grain doors installed at the restaurant, and they're still going strong. Hagen chose Special-Lite because as he says, they have a "quality name and great reputation." Talking with other businesses that had Special-Lite doors convinced him they were the right choice. Recently, it came time to replace the doors leading to the patio at Bravo! and after his Special-Lite representative showed him a variety of available options, new doors were installed. Hagen was impressed by "a lot of little nuances you don't even think about — how the closer would work and how it would make it a lot easier for our staff to go in and out, just by the motion of the door." Hagen is a true believer in the quality and durability of Special-Lite doors, noting that they hold up "unbelievably well. Nothing lasts forever…but a Special-Lite door, maybe." www.Special-Lite.com Special-Lite Makes a Great First Impression at Bravo! Special-Lite doors accent the exterior design at Bravo! S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T

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