Restaurant Consultants Inc. and its founder Joe Spinelli have often been recognized and asked to comment on restaurant industry trends, unique projects and food service industry forecasting. Below is a sampling of the food service, business and main-stream media where Restaurant Consultants, Inc. has been referenced or quoted.
Spinelli was a consultant for Starbucks when the chain decided to launch a hot breakfast service in the mid-2000s under the somewhat ominous name, the Warming Program. Washington was deemed an ideal Warming zone, and Starbucks hired Spinelli to secure permits and help retrofit dozens and dozens of locations with coolers and TurboChef ventless ovens.
"So the news broke this week that after years of working out the details, Amsterdam Falafelshop will finally start franchising its delicious fried chickpea concept. As Joe Spinelli told me on Monday, the Adams Morgan falafel operation could soon become a monster, with more than 100 shops within the next seven years." – Tim Carman
"Joe Spinelli's career in the restaurant industry spans 39 years. During that time he has personally owned and operated several restaurants in addition to launching several other restaurant-related businesses including a custom millwork company, a refrigeration sales/service company and an electrical contract service company specializing in electrical contracting to restaurants and commercial businesses... Joe Spinelli has personally been involved in more than 8,900 restaurant-related projects." – John Klakamp
February 3, 2010
"This tavernization, if you'll excuse the phrase, of former destination establishments seems like the obvious by-product of an economy in recession since December 2007, and I say exactly that to veteran consultant Joe Spinelli, who opened more restaurants than I've probably dined in. Spinelli is a kind man; he suffers fools with half-formed theories. Sure, he explains, the current economic climate has rained down on fine-dining, white-tablecloth restaurants, forcing them to cling to life preservers.. But most eateries fail, he says, not because their concepts are flimsy or their food flaccid but because the owners, looking for cheap rent, pick the wrong location." – Tim Carman
January 21, 2010
Restaurant Consultants Inc. supported business, Pete's Apizza, opens new restaurant location in Washington, DC.
February 3, 2009
Joe Spinelli has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years and he's probably consulted on more restaurants than most people have eaten in. He doesn't think the downturn in our economy is affecting Washington, DC restaurants as harshly.
January 22, 2009
Amsterdam Falafel turns to franchising experts to develop a viable plan to corner the Washington, DC falafel market.
January 1, 2009
The principle of Restaurant Brokers & Developers offer some excellent insight into restaurant opportunities in today's market. "I've got more development projects in the works than in any recent time."
May 22, 2008
Worried about starting a new business? A franchise is less risky than creating a company from scratch.
September 2, 2007
Resident experts on restaurant deal making weigh in on restaurant sales. "There are two (types of) sellers: those who need to sell and those who want to sell."
July 13, 2007
Richard Sharoff takes his franchising ideas to the next level. "My vision is to help these emerging restaurant concepts and create a better, smarter and more efficiently run business."
July 1, 2007
FranPoint Partners defines the factors used to determine if a concept is franchise ready.
June 1, 2007
Hamilton-Clark Refrigeration Design & Management World Newsletter
LLC, FranPoint Partners has already attracted the interest of several growing restaurant chains seeking to elevate their concepts.
May 14, 2007
Local restaurant executives form partnership to serve restaurants who decide to franchise.
May 11, 2007
Three classmates at Cornell University develop a chain concept and solicit the support of Joe Spinelli and Restaurant Brokers & Developers to support their endeavor.
April 30, 2007
DC restaurants seek permitting for sidewalk cafés to allow patrons to dine outside. "Every restaurant that can do them does (sidewalk dining.)
February 6, 2007
Joe Spinelli is tapped by Bebo Trattoria to expedite the permitting process for their Arlington, Virginia location.
Spinelli spoke about the franchise route to ownership of a foodservice business is like" paying for someone else's mistakes.
May 19, 2006
Downtown's growing restaurant reputation is luring chefs from near and far, while allowing landlords to get more selective. "Years ago you couldn't give away (a) place in Chinatown. Now you can't find it under $65 per square foot."
September 27, 2002
Southern Blues faces hard times in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. "That situation shouldn't be hard to turn around…When you've got a hospital (in the neighborhood) you've got to be doing 20 percent of your business in carryout…"
July 26, 2002
DC based seafood chain branches out with fast-food style kiosks. "The concept is likely to find a big market."
March 29, 2002
Joe Spinelli and Jim McGinnis of Restaurant Brokers & Developers support Armand's Pizzeria in establishing several new locations.
November 10, 2000
Joe Spinelli and Restaurant Brokers & Developers supports successful local pizza chain in acquiring new locations.
May 23, 1997
Steak Around franchise delivers an alternative to pizza and Chinese food in the Washington, DC market.