The Secret Sauce, the first SlideShare in a series exploring the future of retail from North American Properties (NAP), argues that chef-driven restaurants are increasingly essential to the success of retail and mixed-use projects. North American Properties - Atlanta launched The Future of Retail series at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon Convention in Las Vegas.
NAP is not just offering up theories. It is betting on the power of chef-driven restaurants. It has secured six of the Southeast’s hottest chefs for Avalon, a $600 million mixed-use development that will open in October in Alpharetta, Ga. Those restaurateurs include Ford Fry, Shaun Doty, Steve Palmer, Brian Lewis, Ciaran Duffy and Giovanni Di Palma. The Secret Sauce shares interesting statistics about the rise of the foodie and the decline of the chain restaurant, as well as insights about how industry leaders are adapting to the trends.