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The trio behind Fifth Group are from left Robby Kukler Steve Simon and Kris Reinhard
<p>The trio behind Fifth Group are (from left) Robby Kukler, Steve Simon and Kris Reinhard.</p>

2015 RH 25: Fifth Group Restaurants

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Headquarters: Atlanta

Annual Sales: $36 million

Units: 11

Key Personnel:
• Robby Kukler, partner/cofounder
• Steve Simon, partner/cofounder
• Kris Reinhard, partner/cofounder

• La Tavola Trattoria (contemporary versions of classic Italian cuisine)  
• Alma Cocina (modern Mexican with Latin American influences)
• Lure (a premier fish house)
• Bold American Events (an innovative catering, design and full-service event production company)  
• The Original El Taco (a neighborhood taco joint)
• Ecco (a European-inspired mainstay featuring a seasonally rotating menu)

• South City Kitchen (modern Southern cuisine; 2 units)

• South City Kitchen (a third location will open early next year)
• La Tavola Trattoria (more units are planned for other Atlanta neighborhoods)

Fifth Group is a 20-plus-year-old organization that has only nine units at the moment. The trio of cofounders is more interested in building a solid company of top-rate restaurants than creating a multi-concept juggernaut that stamps out restaurants like widgets. Their growth plan is a smart one designed to serve the Atlanta region with a variety of concepts that please a multitude of tastes. Italian, Latin American, seafood, Mexican and Southern fare are the foundation of a rock-solid portfolio. With such a foundation in place, we see Fifth Group positioned to accelerate its expansion of customer-pleasing restaurants.

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