Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012 - (Page 156)

>r RESTAURANTS Francesca’s Restaurants Inc. Passion in Pasta After 20 years, Chicago-based Francesca’s Restaurants still strives to give customers the best in food and service. By Alan Dorich company profile Francesca’s Restaurants Inc. 201 revenues: $40 million 1 Headquarters: Chicago Employees: 1,800 Specialty: Northern Italian pastas, seafood and chicken Jeffery I. Cohen, president: “We’ e r innovating ourselves constantly.” A Chicago’s Francesca’s Restaurants has 24 locations throughout the country, specializing in Italian cuisine and seafood. t each of Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.’s locations, employees strive to remember customers’ names and preferences. That way, the restaurant has the feel of a private club, President Jeffery I. Cohen says. “People feel special when they come to our restaurants,” he says. “It’s one of the rare places where a busser and a runner get a big hug and kiss from a soccer mom.” Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurants has 24 restaurants in Illinois, Arizona, California, North Carolina and Wisconsin that specialize in freshly made Italian trattoria food. Founders Scott Harris, Terry Alexander and Michael Noone started the company in 1992. Previously, Alexander and Noone were Chicago bartenders who were saving to open their own restaurant. With the help of Harris, the two realized their dream by opening an Italian trattoria down the street from Wrigley Field in Chicago in a space that was once occupied by a candy shop. When the restaurant opened, it was named “Mia Francesca” after Harris’ wife Francesca, who managed the front door. While Alexander and 156 food & drink • fall/winter 2012 • <<

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012