Chicago — Englewood Construction, one of the country’s leading commercial construction firms, has a number of new restaurant projects underway this spring, including two new Outback Steakhouse locations in Columbus, Ga., and Hialeah, Fla.; a new Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Lutz, Fla.; a ground-up Chick-fil-A in Novi, Mich.; and the interior remodel of a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Seattle.
“In recent years our Restaurant Group has continued to be a strong and steady part of our business as we partner with long term clients on not only ground-up new-construction opportunities, but also renovation and remodel work to update and refresh existing locations,” says Bill Di Santo, president of Lemont, Ill.-based Englewood Construction. “I believe the scope of these current projects — in terms of different brands, concepts and locations — also represents the health of the nation’s restaurant and retails sectors, particularly as consumers seek out favorite, well-established dining options, which in turn prompts retail developers to look at restaurant offerings for bolstering foot traffic at retail centers.”
Continuing its long-standing relationship with Tampa, Fla.-based Bloomin’ Brands — which has included building or renovating Outback Steakhouse locations for the national restaurant chain in markets across the country — Englewood Construction has started work on two new-construction Outback Steakhouses. In early 2020, Englewood began construction on a 5,683-square-foot, freestanding Outback Steakhouse in Columbus, Ga., with completion anticipated this summer. St. Louis-based ArcVision Architects is the project architect.
Englewood also started construction in January on a 6,045-square-foot Outback Steakhouse in Hialeah, Fla. Mark S. Salopek, LLC, based in Richfield, Ohio, is the architect for the ground-up project, which is located on an outparcel lot adjacent to Westland Mall. It is slated for summer completion.
“Both of these projects illustrate one of the trends we continue to see in our restaurant sector work, which includes major players like Bloomin’ Brands taking advantage of real estate opportunities in prime, high-traffic areas to improve and enhance their location in markets where they already have a presence,” says Di Santo.
Bloomin’ Brands has also tapped Englewood Construction for a new ground-up Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Lutz, Fla. The 5,932-square-foot restaurant, which will be the first Carrabba’s built by Englewood, is slated for completion this summer. Mark S. Salopek, LLC is the project architect.
Englewood Construction is wrapping up work on a new Chick-fil-A in Novi, Mich., which is expected to open later this spring. Located near Twelve Oaks Mall, the 4,990-square-foot stand-alone restaurant is the second location Englewood has completed for Chick-fil-A. Akron, Ohio-based GPD Group is the architect for the project.
“This location is part of Chick-fil-A’s expansion in Michigan, where it has a number of new locations planned or underway,” says Di Santo.
Winter Park, Fla.-based Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse enlisted Englewood Construction to remodel its existing 12,188-square-foot location in Seattle. Orlando, Fla.-based Interplan, LLC is the project architect. The renovation project entails updates to millwork, flooring, tile, lighting, paint and wall coverings.
“This is just the latest in a series of interior remodels we’ve had the opportunity to work with Ruth’s Chris on over the years,” says Di Santo.
Englewood Construction, Inc. is a commercial general contractor specializing in the construction of retail, restaurant, shopping center, hotel, education and office/industrial projects throughout the United States. Established in 2001, Englewood Construction’s executive team has more than 30 years of commercial construction experience, including executive positions with R.A.S. Builders and Capitol Construction. For more information, visit www.eci.build.
SOURCE: Englewood Construction, Inc.