RPI

About Us


Restaurant Partners, Inc. (RPI) was founded in 1992 as a Consulting Company specializing in the full service, casual dining segment of the restaurant industry. RPI focuses on the business side of the restaurant industry by helping operators bring more money to their bottom line. Through operational audits, financial controls, menu engineering and strategic planning, RPI has helped both large and small companies successfully open and improve their restaurant concepts.

In particular, RPI has worked with The Walt Disney Company, Darden Restaurants, Krispy Kreme, ConAgra, Paramount Entertainment, The City of Orlando, Orange County (FL.), The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and IBM on key projects like business planning, expansion programs, space planning and recipe research.

Since 1992, RPI has added two operational divisions to its consulting programs. Our Restaurant Management Division conceptualizes, opens and operates restaurants for investors, developers, hoteliers and absentee owners, ensuring a perfect market fit and optimization of the bottom line. From menus to uniforms to staffing to plateware, RPI can develop an entire concept from scratch, and manage that property on an ongoing basis. Management partners have included Saks Fifth Avenue (New York), Avatar Development Corporation (Coral Gables, FL.), Westgate Resorts (Orlando, FL.) and Consolidated Management, Inc. (Cleveland, OH.). In all cases, RPI carefully discerns the needs of the owner regarding concept positioning, relationship to the rest of the development and target audience, and customizes a concept to meet those needs. Some concepts already in place include an upscale casual steakhouse, a white tablecloth American restaurant, a 19th hole golf grille, a "casual cowboy" barbeque concept and an island themed casual dining restaurant.

RPI not only consults for and manages restaurants, it also Owns and Operates its own restaurants throughout the southeastern United States. Currently there are three concepts in the RPI stable of offerings, Market Street Café, Upper Crust Pizza and Grille 29.

Market Street CafeMarket Street Café is an upscale diner concept that serves breakfast and lunch, seven days per week with the breakfast menu available all day. Menu offerings range from a jumbo blueberry pancake for $2.95 at breakfast, to homemade meatloaf and hand carved turkey lunches. Signature desserts are made fresh daily in the restaurants, and include coconut and banana créme pies, key lime pie and a variety of fruit cobblers. The restaurant's average expenditure is about $10.50 per person.

Upper Crust Pizza CaféUpper Crust Pizza Café is a limited service pizza café featuring both New York and Sicilian style pizzas. The restaurant also offers a variety of signature "crusti's", open calzones filled with various items like Veggies and Steak and Cheese. Other items like Chicken Parmagiana, Meatball Subs and Fresh Salads made to order, all contribute to the upscale feel of the restaurant. The per person check is around $7.25. The one open unit is in Poinciana, Florida near Disney World.

Grille 29Grille 29 is an upscale casual steak and seafood restaurant located in Huntsville, Alabama. At 6,300 square feet, Grille 29 is RPI's largest operation and features a variety of steaks, fresh seafood and world class desserts for both lunch and dinner. The $35 check average puts the concept in competition with other upscale restaurants such as Fleming's, Houston's and Seasons 52.