DEERFIELD BEACH, FL—NOVEMBER, 2009— Brinker International Inc., with over 1,700 restaurants in 27 countries and two territories, has selected South Florida general contractor, RCC Associates, Inc. (www.rccassociates.com), as one of just eight honorees for the company’s annual Hospitality Award for Partner Excellence (HAPE) award for 2009.
Known for its restaurant brands, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s Little Italy and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Brinker International annually recognizes excellence in performance among its many vendors and contractors.
RCC Associates, which continues to build upon its reputation as one of the nation’s most-sought-after high-end restaurant contractors with more than 250 restaurant projects to date in 25 states, has been the contractor of choice for Brinker’s Maggiano’s Little Italy brand for the last four years.
“They are one of the only general contractors that seems to consistently be able to handle a Maggiano’s project,” said Ryan Hatfield, Brinker’s Director of Construction for Maggiano’s Little Italy, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. “They have built both remodels and new sites for us- both ground-ups and in-lines. The consistently raise the bar for how a general contractor should manage a project.”
Hatfield, who joined with Brinker team officials, Jeff Smith, VP Restaurant Development and Rick McCaffery, VP Design, in an awards ceremony at RCC Associates’ Deerfield Beach, Florida headquarters, cited Maggiano’s recently completed restaurant project in Cherry Hill, New Jersey as an example of RCC’s outstanding performance.
Hatfield said RCC had to take over $500,000 in additional work that was originally part of the developer’s responsibility at the Cherry Hill location, and still managed to meet the original contract date while keeping the change order percentage under 3% (Maggiano’s typically runs in the 8% to 10% range for change orders).
RCC over the past five years has built Maggiano’s locations in Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Beachwood (Ohio), Orlando, Hackensack and Cherry Hill. Work for Maggiano’s also included remodels. The company has also built three locations for Chili’s Bar & Grill.
In addition for its work for Brinker International some of RCC’s more prominent restaurant assignments include 50 locations for The Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Cafe, Bravo, Manny’s Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Maggiano’s, Martini Park, Emeril’s on Miami Beach, Benihana, Brimstone Woodfire Grill, The Clubhouse, Fogo de Chao, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Kona Grill, Stir Crazy, Starbucks, Cafe L’Europe, Uncle Julio’s, Morton’s, ZED 451 and Carpaccio’s.