Restaurant Development & Design

JUL-AUG 2019

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6 4 • 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 • J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 ROTOLO'S NEW PROTOTYPE CAPITALIZES ON CRAFT ers, which have improved bar efciency. "Nobody [working at] the bar is running anything to the back anymore. It completely isolates that area and makes it self-sufcient," Bourg says. Another change was the omission of the prototype's Slice Bar. This space was designed to make pizza more appealing as a lunchtime meal by offering indi- vidual slices. Culturally, though, it just wasn't a good regional t, Bourg says. "We saw [this approach] work really well in [pizza restaurants in] the Northeast. I think the South just wasn't really ready for it," says Bourg. "It's not completely off the table. If we ever went into a space and a downtown business district or something like that, we might reconsider it. But for where our locations are now, it just didn't really work." Among Rotolos' future locations are a restaurant in Alexandria, La., thanks to a recently signed franchise deal, and multiple stores in the Houston area. In all, Rotolo's expects to open ve new locations in 2020. When these restaurants open, they'll offer guests not just craft beer and pizza but also a place where they can relax and feel comfortable enjoying food and drink with family and friends. "We wanted a place where people would linger, and we wanted a higher check average," says Rotolo Sr. "We felt the only way to do that was to give them a real comfortable place, where they wouldn't feel rushed out, where you could go and have a beer with a friend and you could just sit, and after you nished your food, you could order an extra drink." + Cooler Kitchen Elec Oce Community tables at one end of the restaurant are meant for larger groups (such as college students watching a game). Providing a separate space for these parties allows them to be loud and have fun without disturbing other guests.

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