While many restaurants are struggling amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, which runs 15 Burntwood Taverns, sees it as a time of opportunity, Bret Adams said Tuesday.
To that end, the restaurant group will be taking over the food and beverage service at Aaron & Moses at the Gleneagles Golf Club in Twinsburg.
The newly renovated banquet facility and restaurant will open next week with a patio overlooking the 18th hole of the public golf course.
Mr. Adams, a resident of Moreland Hills who founded the restaurant group which also includes M Italian in Chagrin Falls and Leo’s in Cuyahoga Falls, said that the city of Twinsburg reached out to his group to see if they would be interested in taking the restaurant over.
“It took about five minutes to get super excited about it,” Mr. Adams said. “Even though it’s a little left of center in our wheelhouse, I have over 10 years of hotel and banquet experience and we have assembled a really great crew to do what we do.”
Like in their other communities where their restaurants are located, the restaurant group will be involved in the Twinsburg community and school system. The city of Twinsburg owns and runs the golf portion of the operation, and Chef Art Pour will lease the space to provide the food and beverages.
There will be nightly happy hours, similar to all his other restaurants, and the menu is defined as “whimsical,” Mr. Adams said.
“It’s a little bit of a Burntwood feel with a twist,” he said. “We took advantage of the opportunity to have a clean slate where we are not doing this times 15 restaurants across three states.”
At Aaron & Moses, chefs are having fun with the menu and such items as hot dogs, cheese steaks, salads and tuna Poke bowls, among other unique offerings.
“We have the autonomy to do what we want, and we are taking advantage of it,” Mr. Adams said. “It is a side project for us.”
In addition to this opportunity, Mr. Adams said plans are to open eight to 10 more restaurants moving forward.
“We are looking to grow both Leo’s and Burntwood at an accelerated pace,” Mr. Adams said. “We certainly feel blessed.”
The new restaurants that are on the books either in lease negotiations or under construction are in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Adams said since the reopening of his restaurants amidst the pandemic, they have been patient, assertive and restructured their overall model to become more efficient.
“We have also done a good job with trying to keep up with the sanitation and making sure guests are safe,” he said.
The community of Solon, where he opened his third Burntwood restaurant on Solon Road about eight years ago, as well as the communities where his other restaurants are located, have been fantastic and supportive through the pandemic, Mr. Adams said.
“We feel bad for restaurants that have closed but we feel grateful, especially in Ohio, that guests have supported us,” he added. “We will never take advantage of that, but always be appreciative.”