Three New Opportunities For Celebrated Local Chef
VISIONWhen Chef Will Gilson was approached to open not one but three concepts in the innovative Cambridge Crossing mixed-use development, he knew he wanted to avoid the headaches that came with opening his first restaurant, Puritan & Company. RealFood was brought on as a foodservice expert to help transform the allocated back of house square footage into the most functional and efficient space possible. The building is spread across two levels, with cafe Beatrice (a day-to-evening cafe/bakery) and gepetto (an Italian-inspired eatery) downstairs and The Lexington (a restaurant, bar and roofdeck) upstairs. With open kitchen designs, diverse concepts, and physical constraints, the team had to be creative and intentional as they developed the plans.
RealFood came to this project at a point when the building’s core and shell were already finalized. The team had to envision designs that would allow each of the three concepts to operate and feel distinct while also providing shared spaces to create labor savings and waste reduction. To that end, RealFood recommended a full kitchen upstairs to limit the amount of up and down required by staff. Geppetto’s open kitchen fully immerses guests in the theater of the experience, an idea that has since expanded to include a live pasta-making table in the dining room. The team also grew The Lexington’s bar space significantly to make this concept a buzzing hub for happy hour.
- Financial Development & Validation
- Foodservice Schematic & Conceptual Design
- Foodservice Design Development
- Foodservice Design Specification