Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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THE HIGH LIFE COMMERCIAL KITCHENS What's the biggest issue today related to the construction side of the business? It's somewhat different between corporate development and franchisees developing their restaurants. Corporately, we have multiple GCs who we bid to that we know can per- form. We rarely go outside of who we know. Sometimes, in busy construction mar- kets like we see so much of these days, we find that smaller contractors are chasing the bigger projects. Lower bids can be enticing to try an unknown entity, but it rarely works out without a delay or some unforeseen cost impacts. We will venture out of our comfort zone a little less than our franchisees will for cost savings, but only if we have the manpower to manage in a detailed way. Talk about sustainability. What are you doing? Mountain lodges scream "green" in a different kind of way, because we frequently are trying to bring nature inside the building with the oversized openings to our patios. We focus on energy efficient systems and LED lighting. By the way, beer poured at near freezing has an incredible yield, so it's safe to say we have a very low amount of beer waste. What do you see as some of your biggest opportunities moving ahead? As we grow across the country, developing good groups of regional GCs will be really important for our franchisees. We will always continue to work on our kitchens and buildings in order to maximize their efficiency and effectiveness. We are starting to roll out a new kitchen engine that promises to reduce our ticket times and heart of house labor, while maintaining or bettering our service and food standards when the food hits our consumers plate. The chance to constant- ly learn, grow and evolve is one of the biggest opportunities we have as a brand. Our goal is to always create both an environment and an experience that makes people want to share it with their friends and coworkers. 140 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — MAY : JUNE 2017

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