Restaurant Concepting: the Story of Dos Bocas
Three of Legacy Ventures’ F&B Outlets Make Eater’s List of 13 Fantastic Hotel Bars in Atlanta
The Cloakroom Kitchen & Bar at The American Hotel, SkyLounge at the Glenn Hotel, and The Drafting Table Cocktails & Kitchen at Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown made Eater’s list of 13 Fantastic Hotel Bars in Atlanta. All three locations were concepted, and are managed, by Legacy Ventures.
Der Biergarten’s Authentic German Cuisine Featured by the Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Jeff Sime of Legacy Ventures restaurants also has fond memories of Oktoberfest in Munich. 'The celebration, the music, and camaraderie in the tents is unlike anything else I have experienced.' He and his partners opened Der Biergarten to bring the food and atmosphere of a German beer garden to downtown Atlanta.
As for pairing German beers with food, Sime said, 'German beers as a whole are lighter than one may think. The most popular are Pilsners, which are light and crisp, perfect for when you’re eating heavy food out on a patio. As the beers get slightly more bitter, they can be very palate cleansing when eating cheese and fattier sausages.'
As might be expected, Der Biergarten has been celebrating Oktoberfest all month with weekly specials and tapping a new German imported beer. The party continues for one more weekend."
Legacy Ventures’ New Restaurant Dos Bocas Featured in Midtown Lifestyle
Legacy Ventures' newest restaurant, Dos Bocas, now open in Downtown Atlanta, is featured in the October issue of Midtown Lifestyle, with Corporate Chef Matt Deckard making the cover.
Atlanta Journal Constitution Previews Dos Bocas – Opening Next Week in Downtown Atlanta
"Cajun cuisine will meet Tex-Mex when Dos Bocas opens in downtown Atlanta next week.
Dos Bocas -- which means “two mouths” in Spanish -- will open Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 275 Baker St. NW ... Brian Bullock, chief operating officer of restaurants with Legacy, said he initially came up with the idea for a Cajun-Tex-Mex eatery while traveling back and forth between New Orleans and Texas while working for the Houstons restaurant group. He said he and Legacy founder David Marvin have “both always loved that food and loved that style, and we’ve just been waiting for the right opportunity.” That came when Legal Seafood decided not to renew its lease. Legacy, which owns the space, “took the opportunity to open up the focus” and started to work on the Dos Bocas concept, Bullock said.
In late 2018, Bullock took some of Legacy’s corporate chefs and operations staff to New Orleans. The group drove to San Antonio and “ate about 40 restaurants in between,” making note of what to incorporate into the Dos Bocas concept. Bullock said he’s been to New Orleans at least 10 times since. While the marriage of Tex-Mex and Cajun food might not be an obvious -- or well-explored -- one, Bullock said the cuisines lend themselves to a natural pairing.
“If you take the heart of Cajun country, Lafayette, and you take the heart of Tex-Mex, Houston, it’s literally a three hour drive,” he said. “It all blends well together, the flavors, the styles. It’s something that’s always been in (all of our staff), and it all finally just came together.” "
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First look: Legacy Ventures’ $40 Million Sandy Springs Hotel
Amy Wenk, Staff Writer at the Atlanta Business Chronicle, previewed Legacy Ventures' latest hotel development project:
"A veteran Atlanta developer is about to kick off a roughly $40 million hotel in Sandy Springs.
Legacy Ventures, well known for its collection of downtown Atlanta hotels and restaurants, will soon start construction on a 186-room Hyatt House, an extended-stay brand.
It’s coming to a 1.5-acre site at 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, near the cluster of hospitals that make up “Pill Hill.” It’s also close to MARTA’s Medical Center station.
'There is no hotel within the medical district,' David Marvin, Legacy founder and president, told Atlanta Business Chronicle on Thursday. 'People needing accommodations in the medical district didn’t have any place to stay within walking distance.' "
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11Alive BIZ Interviews David Marvin in an Executive Profile
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Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Q&A with Legacy Ventures’ David Marvin, 2019 Most Admired CEO
Atlanta Business Chronicle named David Marvin, Founder & President of Legacy Ventures, one of 2019's Most Admired CEOs.
Q: What can other CEOs do to win such great admiration from their stakeholders?
A: Inspire. People want to be on winning teams participating in noble undertakings.
Q: What are the keys to CEOs building a high level of trust in their organizations?
A: It begins with integrity and transparency. Beyond this, sincere interest in the success and well-being of your team members is self-evident and goes a long way.
Q: What does leadership and being a leader mean to you?
A: Being responsible. Anticipating, innovating, communicating, directing and managing to the best of my God-given abilities.
Q: Who is a favorite leader you admire, and why?
A: Challenges are leadership’s testing ground. I admire Franklin D. Roosevelt for his leadership of our country out of the Great Recession and through his pivotal role preserving Western Democracy with WWII. He had to first find the resilience to deal with his physical handicap.
Q: Please explain how you and your organization make tough decisions.
A: Decisions are made through our 8-person executive committee that represents all facets of Legacy’s enterprise. Our culture of excellence, integrity and caring is our compass as memorialized in our “Legacy Blueprint” handbook (found on our website). I believe in Rotary International’s “4-way test”: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
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Atlanta Business RadioX Interviews Legacy Ventures’ COO of Restaurants, Brian Bullock
Brian Bullock was recently interviewed by Atlanta Business RadioX about Legacy Ventures' newest restaurant concept, Dos Bocas, as well as Legacy Ventures' success in the hospitality industry.
"We’re doing something called ‘Dos Bocas’ which means two mouths. It’s a Cajun and Mexican-Tex mix concept. Something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. I was a General Manager in New Orleans and a General Manager in Houston, and really got into that vibe of food, and really saw how close they are together. If you think about going from Lafayette, Louisiana to Houston, really it's a few hours, and you encompass all of that great food. We’re getting ready to open it, we’re going to open it late summer, and we’re excited about it."
" [Legacy Ventures] has really matured into what we consider a hospitality development company. So we own hotels, we operate hotels, we operate them for other people, we build them, we don’t operate them. We can own, develop, build, get you the brand, find the funding, and put the concepts in and any and all above. So we’re in four states now, we’re in Texas; we’re in Madison, Wisconsin, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. We just look for the right project, we like to specialize in full service hotels on the hotel side, we think we have a great niche on that because we have a restaurant division, and it’s worked out great for us."
Listen to the full interview at the link below.
Legacy Ventures’ Founder & President, David Marvin, Named “Most Admired CEO” by Atlanta Business Chronicle
Forty-four CEOs from twenty-two industries were selected as 2019’s Most Admired CEOs. David Marvin was selected in the “Restaurants & Hospitality” category along with Anne Quatrano, Chef-Owner of Star Provisions, Bacchanalia, Floataway Café and W.H. Stiles Fish Camp. Other winners this year include Ambrish Baisiwala, Chairman and CEO of Portman Holdings, LLC; Alana Shepherd, Co-Founder of Shepherd Center; Bill Garret, President of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School; Tom Fanning, Chairman, President and CEO of Southern Co.; Craig Menear, Chairman CEO and President of Home Depot; and Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Group LLC.
Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Most Admired CEO” Awards recognize established local leaders who have a strong record of innovation, outstanding financial performance, a commitment to diversity in the work place, and who have made significant contributions to the Metro Atlanta community. David, who founded Legacy Ventures in 1994, has developed over $500 million in Downtown Atlanta real estate. Innovations included developing the first hotel downtown in 15 years, the first modern-day boutique hotel in Atlanta, and Atlanta’s first rooftop lounge. David‘s firm expanded into hotel and restaurant operations management in 2011. Legacy Ventures now provides development and management services to third-party owners, and has a Downtown Atlanta footprint of 5 hotels and 12 restaurants. With just a handful of employees in 1994, Legacy Ventures’ team has expanded to over 1200 people deployed in four states.
As President, David continues to cultivate an exceptional team that has the passion, tools, and support necessary to drive outstanding results. He is also active on many civic and industry boards, including the Atlanta Rotary Club, Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Board, ADID Interagency Law Enforcement TaskForce (Chairman), the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance, Georgia State University School of Hospitality’s Advisory Board, Partners for HOME Board, and the Centennial Park District® Board (Founder and Chairman).
“I’m honored and proud to be named among such a prestigious group of CEOs,” said David. “This is also an honor for the entire Legacy Ventures team, for the good work that they do and the passion to serve that they live daily.”
Legacy Ventures Closes $83.5 Million Fixed-Rate Loan for Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park
Legacy Ventures has closed an $83.5 million 10-year fixed-rate loan for the 321-suite Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Developed by Legacy in 1999 as the first building to be constructed on Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park and the first new-build hotel in 15 years, the Embassy Suites has anchored Legacy’s downtown Atlanta portfolio since inception.
Today, the park-fronting property is at the epicenter of the Centennial Park District - Downtown Atlanta’s convention and entertainment hub. The hotel enjoys proximity to the Georgia World Congress Center, as well as other strong demand drivers such as Mercedes-Benz Stadium, State Farm Arena, and the Georgia Aquarium. The hotel is also near the future Centennial Yards project, a $5 billion mixed-use development projected to reshape the area currently known as the Gulch into a 40-acre mini-city.
“Legacy Ventures’ commitment to satisfying both guests and investors has led to the company’s success in the Centennial Park District and beyond”, said David Marvin, Founder and President of Legacy Ventures. “In 1999, we had a handful of corporate employees and a vision of what the Centennial Park District might become. Today our downtown team is over 800 strong encompassing five hotels and a dozen restaurants.” Legacy operates in four states as both owner-operator and as third-party manager. “Legacy Ventures seeks new development, acquisition and management opportunities, but the Embassy Suites Atlanta will continue to anchor our long-term portfolio.”
EATER FEATURES THE SUMMER OPENING OF DOS BOCAS IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA
Legacy Ventures announces the summer opening of Dos Bocas in the former Legal Sea Foods location at 275 Baker St. Inspired by Brian Bullock’s travels throughout Louisiana and Texas, this restaurant will feature a Mexican-Cajun cuisine. The menu at Dos Bocas, or “two mouths”, includes dishes like campechana, shrimp etouffee, po’boys and barbecue shrimp.
“While running restaurants in Houston and New Orleans earlier in my career, I developed a love for the cuisine across the two states,” Brian Bullock, COO of restaurants for Legacy says. “A few years ago, when our team at Legacy Ventures opened a restaurant on Mustang Island in South Texas, my passion for Cajun and Tex-Mex cuisine was reignited. Finally, the right opportunity came around to create a restaurant serving the food we love here in Atlanta.”
Currently under construction, the two-story restaurant, designed by local Atlanta firm ASD|SKY, has 8,000-square-feet that includes a large bar and an outdoor patio overlooking the new greenspace at Centennial Olympic Park.
TODAY’s Best Weekend Getaways Feature Glenn Hotel, Game-X, & Twin Smokers BBQ
What to do: Explore many different activities in Centennial Olympic Park like the Georgia Aquarium. ... Take a break for some gaming fun and dinner at nearby Game-X or try some of the city’s top barbecue at Twin Smokers.
Where to stay: The Glenn Hotel, Autograph Collection is a charming boutique hotel located at Marietta and Spring Streets with unique features like a chandelier of old keys and a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city."
In an adaptive reuse project, Legacy Ventures transformed the abandoned 1923 Glenn Building into the Glenn Hotel in 2006. Today the hotel, its restaurant, Glenn's Kitchen, and its rooftop venue, SkyLounge, are operated by Legacy Ventures.
Twin Smokers BBQ and Game-X are two of Legacy Ventures' owned and operated restaurant concepts.
David Marvin Participates in Hotel Management’s Executive Roundtable: Unlimiting Limited Service
Legacy Ventures Founder & President, David Marvin, recently participated in Hotel Management's Executive Roundtable: “Unlimiting Limited Service.” The event, held in March at the Hilton Atlanta, brought together leaders from several hospitality disciplines who tackled how innovation can be applied to limited-service properties without losing sight of the segment’s traditionally tight operating model. While limited service is defined traditionally as not having robust food-and-beverage offerings, Marvin observed, “If you can smartly pair those uses and engineer the economics between them and have a good operating model, everybody gets what they want.”
STATS Brewpub wins Best in Show at Big South Beer Competition
STATS Brewpub and Brewmaster Austin Edwards cleaned house at the 2019 Big South Beer Competition, winning 2 gold medals and Best In Show.
The competition encompasses 10 categories defined by the BJCP Beer Style Guidelines. STATS Brewpub's 300 Pilsner received a gold medal in the Lager category, and its Shooter McGavin Witbier received a gold medal in the Belgian Ale category. Shooter McGavin Witbier was voted Best in Show and the Grand Champion. In 2018 Shoot McGavin Wit received the silver medal in the Belgian Ale category.
Congratulations to the STATS Brewpub Team!
300 Pilsner and Shooter McGavin Witbier are served at Legacy Ventures' Restaurant Row (STATS Brewpub, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, and Twin Smokers BBQ). Growlers and four-packs are also available for purchase at STATS Brewpub. STATS Brewpub is owned and operated by Legacy Ventures.
Legacy Ventures Team Members Take Home Seven Awards at the GHLA Stars of the Industry Celebration
EATER Names SkyLounge One of Atlanta’s Top Rooftop Patios
Glenn Hotel's rooftop venue, SkyLounge, continues to make the list with its horizon-level views of Centennial Olympic Park. SkyLounge was created as part of Legacy Ventures' adaptive reuse of the historic Glenn Building in 2006. Today, Glenn Hotel, Glenn's Kitchen, and SkyLounge are managed by Legacy Ventures.
Hilton Signs as Lead Sponsor for Castell Project’s Ladder Up Campaign
"Officials of Castell Project, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, this week launched its “Ladder Up” capital campaign. With a goal to raise $1 million, the organization also announced that Hilton has signed on as the lead sponsor with a $100,000 donation to launch the campaign.
'While myriad international studies show that companies with gender-diverse leadership drive higher profits, female representation at the higher levels of the hospitality industry is lacking,” said Peggy Berg, president, Castell Project, Inc. “The Castell Project is taking active steps towards seeing women hold a minimum of one in three leadership positions, including ownership, at all levels of the hospitality industry. These funds will be used to help women climb the corporate ladder as we reach for this goal.'"
Legacy Ventures' VP of Operations - Hotels, Eve Moore, is proud to be a Founding Member of the Castell Project and to serve on its Board.
Giving Kitchen Receives James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award
Giving Kitchen is this year’s recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year award, which is given to an individual/organization whose work “in the realm of food has improved the lives of others and benefited society at large.”
Giving Kitchen is a non-profit organization that provides stability to the food service community in Georgia through financial assistance, by creating a hub of community resources, and by fostering a restaurant community where self-care is valued above all else. Since the organization was founded in 2012, it has provided “over $2.4 million in financial assistance through the Crisis Grants program and over 1,000 referrals to community resources through the Stability Network program.”
Legacy Ventures’ COO of Restaurants, Brian Bullock, is proud to serve on the Giving Kitchen Restaurant Board.