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RESTAURANTS

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries

Perfecting the Craft
Supply chain improvements help CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries lead the
brewery and craft beer-focused casual-dining restaurant segment. By Eric Slack
company profile
CraftWorks Restaurants
& Breweries
www.craftworksrestaurants.com
Employees: 14,000
Specialty: Brewery and craft beer-focused casual-dining restaurants
Scott Adams, vice president of strategic supply and initiatives: "Where
it is possible, we are looking to use the
same products across the enterprise."

>> The common themes among CraftWorks' concepts are high-quality food, craft beer and exceptional service.

B

ased in dual headquarters in

Chattanooga, Tenn., and
Broomfield, Colo., CraftWorks
Restaurants
&
Breweries is the leading operator
and franchisor of brewery and craft
beer-focused casual-dining restaurants in the country. A multi-brand
restaurant operator, the company's
current footprint includes nearly 200
restaurants, brewery restaurants and
entertainment venues.
"We currently have 197 restaurants,
192 in the U.S. and five international,"
Vice President of Strategic Supply
and Initiatives Scott Adams says. "We
have opened eight restaurants this

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year, including two in Taiwan, and will
open two more additional locations
before the end of the year."

Diverse Family
Although CraftWorks formed only six
years ago, its legacy extends much
further. The company came together
when Rock Bottom Restaurants and
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Group Inc. merged. Each of those
brands has histories that stretch back
for more than 20 years. Today, Rock
Bottom and Gordon Biersch are two
of the three core brands in CraftWorks' portfolio, with Old Chicago
Pizza and Taproom Restaurants being

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the third core brand. Old Chicago's
legacy dates back to 1976.
Along with the three primary concepts in the CraftWorks family are
a number of specialty and regional brands. These include Big River
Grille, Bluewater Grille, A1A Ale
Works, Ragtime Tavern Seafood &
Grill, Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, ChopHouse & Brewery, Walnut
Brewery, and Sing Sing. All of its
brewery restaurants have won multiple awards for their beers.
Throughout its entire footprint,
CraftWorks employs 14,000 people
and is the largest operator of brewery
restaurants with more than 70 locations serving beer brewed on-site. It
has a presence in urban centers and
rural locations.
"Essentially, we look at the business in two facets," Adams says. "Old
Chicago is focused on being the craft
beer authority and offering the best
fresh and local craft beers. The Brewery Group is focused on brewing beer
in their restaurants daily."
The common themes across all
concepts and locations are high-quality food, craft beer and exceptional
service. In each market it serves,


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