The house owners of City Group Hospitality took a new angle all through the pandemic, effectively opening a number of new eating places whilst navigating the hard work and provide chain problems that experience bothered companies during the last two years. While City Group managing spouse Stephen Hightower admits it used to be a chance to go through such excessive enlargement all through unsure occasions, it has paid off.
“Our story is different than a lot of other businesses during the pandemic,” Hightower says. “It was a risk, but food is such an important part of our Louisiana culture, and we believed the world would eventually come back to normal.”
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The eating place workforce’s choices come with 4 City Pork places—Jefferson Highway, Government Street, LSU’s campus and the most recent at Highland @ Perkins. There also are Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine, Rouj Creole, Proverbial Wine Bar, City Slice Pints + Pizza, and three Little Pigs Café (within the LSU Vet School), in addition to a big catering department. Spoke & Hub, the newest City Group Hospitality idea, opened in March.
During the pandemic’s early phases, co-owner Patrick Valluzzo says the eating place workforce appeared for alternatives to pick out up jobs anywhere they changed into to be had, so feeding very important employees and faculties changed into key to survival. “It became a platform to keep people on staff,” he says.
When one of the crucial pandemic restrictions have been eased, the eating place workforce used to be in a position to convey group of workers again into its eating places extra temporarily.
In August of 2020, City Group Hospitality house owners determined to buy Beausoleil. They stored the identify and lots of the liked menu pieces, but additionally added the City Group Hospitality spin on issues with a recent new glance and extra of a focal point on seafood. “It was a great restaurant with a great reputation. We just created a new identity to move it forward,” Hightower says.
Spoke & Hub, the most recent eating place within the workforce, is a contemporary taste diner with a biking theme. While there have been provide chain demanding situations, in addition to staffing problems because of the newest COVID-19 variant, the eating place is now open in its Government Street location.
Along with persevered enlargement, Valluzzo says a most sensible function as proprietor is to proceed to expand the eating place workforce’s team of workers as a result of individuals are an important piece of the puzzle in terms of being a success. He additionally says it’s vital to strengthen on potency—keeping up the steadiness of manufacturing meals that makes other people excited, at the side of handing over on worth and hospitality.
“We had a long-term vision of what we were trying to accomplish, which was a multi-unit restaurant group,” Valluzzo says. “It took a leap of faith during the pandemic, but the belief in our incredible talented workforce led our drive.”