Modern and classic, a red sauce joint and a modern steakhouse all at the same time, Quality Italian is just about to launch in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, inside Halcyon Hotel at 241 Columbine Street.

The industrial yet warm space designed by AvroKO surprises with pleasant contradictions and subtle elements. Owner Michael Stillman of the Quality Branded group, created a unique Denver sibling to the New York City counterpart of this Italian-American steakhouse. Custom art installations dominate the sophisticated space in Denver that seats 125 guests inside with another 20 on the patio. Look closely at the light fixtures and notice butchery tools being incorporated. Study the vintage family tree photos that dot the Legacy Room and find film icons like Sophia Loren in their midst. Observe how the Canary Room, one that can serve as a private dining room, is separated to create intimacy and you'll discover painting frames that show off the back side of the art piece.

The New Combo Meal: Real Estate Bets On Restaurants To Create Community

Exploring the growing relationship between chefs and developer

Andrea Strong

August 11, 2016

It’s no secret that many New Yorkers make real estate decisions based on restaurants. They long to live where they love to eat. Depending on your stage of life, the impossible dream might be a one-bedroom just a stone’s throw from Superiority Burger in the East Village, or a three-bed, two-bath around the corner from Bubby’s in Tribeca. Real estate developers have honed in on this feeding frenzy. They’re saying goodbye to anchor tenants like Cheesecake Factory and CVS and instead putting a beloved local chef in a restaurant just downstairs.

Cold-pressed juice and juice cleansing company Pressed Juicery has found a new location in Midtown East: the lobby of a Triangle Assets building.

Pressed Juicery is taking 450 square feet of lobby space that is being converted for retail use at 369 Lexington Avenue near East 41st Street, Commercial Observer has learned.

Competition is fierce for restaurant real estate all across the country. But one type of restaurant space has proven particularly elusive: one with a small-ish footprint that's ideal for fast-casual dining. Everyone from national chains to locally owned fast-casuals to independent restaurateurs seeks out these types of spaces, ranging from about 1,500 to 2,500 square feet — imagine a Chipotle or a Chop't. In Portland, Oregon, where local fast-casual concepts like Lardo and Little Big Burger have sprung up in recent years, restaurateurs call the offices of the brokerage firm Urban Works three to four times a day asking for second-generation restaurant spaces about that same size.

New York foodies have never had it better.

Indoor food halls have become one of the hottest trends in the city's culinary scene, giving New Yorkers and tourists alike an array of cuisines all under one roof.

Aside from the variety in foods, with anywhere from four to more than a dozen vendors in one space, the halls offer restaurateurs the option of branching out at a lower cost.

In the ten years I’ve been in Shanghai, the only things I’ve seen get cheaper are avocados—but they started at $5 each and were ripe for a price war. There is such a deep faith that the price of everything will continue to rise that when real estate developers lower the asking price for new apartments, early customers are liable to trash their showrooms.

Blue Bottle Coffee — the Oakland, Calif.-based coffee wholesaler, roaster, and retailer — is moving its Williamsburg location just around the corner to 76 North 4th Street from 160 Berry Street. The company’s new 2,100-square-foot space is in the Lewis Steel Building, a recently renovated 1930s warehouse that’s being developed into a mixed-use luxury rental by Cayuga Capital and Jacob Toll, the son of real estate mogul Robert Toll. Blue Bottle signed a 10-year lease. - See more at:

Lately it feels like every restaurant in Manhattan is closing — or will be soon — because of real estate issues: Union Square Cafe will move when its lease expires at the end of 2015. Wylie Dufresne will shutter wd~50 later this year. Meanwhile, favorites like AugustSorellaBereket Kebab House, and others are all goners, too. (And Grub hears at least one big-name chef's rent has recently doubled.) It's alarming, but does it really indicate a larger problem, or is the timing just strange coincidence? To find out, Grub talked to Julian Hitchcock, an NYC real estate veteran who brokered all nine leases for Gotham West Market through KAM Hospitality,

Manhattan property group The Gotham Organization clearly ascribes to the “Field of Dreams” school of real estate development: Bundle first-of-their-kind/best-in-class commercial amenities into luxury residential rental projects and deep-pocketed residents will (hopefully) come. Such is the case with Gotham West, a brand-new rental scheme on the farthest end of West 45th Street.