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Chris Hadermann cofounderpartner Southern Proper Hospitality Group

Chris Hadermann, co-founder/partner, Southern Proper Hospitality Group

2016 RH 25: Southern Proper Hospitality Group

The best and brightest restaurant companies are not just creating one great concept; they're creating many. See Restaurant Hospitality's picks for powerful multi-concept companies that not only play it cool, they kick ass. See all concepts >>   

Headquarters: Atlanta

Annual Sales: $14.7 million

Units: 6

Key Personnel: 
• Chris Hadermann, co-founder/
partner
• John Piemonte, co-founder/partner
• Mike Evertsen, co-founder/partner
• David Sylvester, director of
operations

SINGLE CONCEPTS:
• Gypsy Kitchen (Spanish cuisine)
• Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails (farm-to-table)
• Smokebelly BBQ (chef-crafted
barbecue)
• The Blind Pig Parlour Bar (a 1920’s-inspired speakeasy behind Smokebelly)
• The Southern Gentleman (a southern gastropub)

MULTIPLE CONCEPTS: 
• The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill (elevated casual seafood with two units)

WHY IT’S COOL: Here’s a group that dispels any doubt about the rise of Southern cuisine. Except for its Spanish concept, Southern Proper’s concepts embrace tradition and Southern hospitality. Its latest concept, The Southern Gentleman, is unabashedly and proudly Southern. It’s a place, says Hadermann, where you take people to “experience what it means to live the Southern lifestyle.” Good restaurant concepts, like good songs, have a hook, and Southern Proper’s hook has a lucrative twang. 

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