Common Goals, Uncommon Settings

Karl Vela of Dining Out

No two of Del Frisco's Restaurant Group's 38 restaurants look anything alike.

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group includes 38 restaurants in 20 states throughout the country. Not a single restaurant—not one—looks anything like the other. Designing restaurants that are distinctive and that are often in historical structures can be a challenge. But it is never boring, says CEO Mark Mednanksy.

Each of the restaurant brands—Del Frisco’s Grille, Double Eagle Steak House, and Sullivan’s Steakhouse—shares a commitment to quality, he says. But each group features distinctive menus and ambience. “Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House designs are big and bold,” says Mednansky. The Del Frisco’s Grille restaurants are known for a warm and comfortable style as well as an upscale setting, while Sullivan’s Steakhouse units boast a more contemporary style. The restaurant group, based in Southlake, Texas, offers steaks, chops, seafood, and a sizable wine selection in each of its brands.

Mednansky notes that the restaurants’ varied designs and décor are collaborative. “We involve our culinary, training, and operations teams in the schematic design process,” he says. “We make sure the architect and designers visit the site to gain inspirations from the setting, and the restaurants often feature work from local artists.”

The group’s vice president, Bill Martens, says using a variety of architects and designers as well as introducing new materials and finishes add distinction to the restaurants.

“We want to be predictable with the quality of our food and service, but not with design,” explains Mednansky. “We purposefully don’t have a prototype for each brand that we simply site adapt. We believe our guests want to experience something new and different. We like having the freedom to be creative with our designs, and we want to create a new destination for our loyal guests who travel.”

Many of the group’s restaurants are housed in historical structures. Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, is in a vintage two-story creamery building with large windows. The stately Philadelphia Double Eagle Steak House location is a former bank, and guests can dine in the former vault space. The Philadelphia location also boasts a 35-foot wine tower above the main bar and dining room, a nod to this group’s big and bold philosophy.



The new Southlake Del Frisco's is AMAZING!


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