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Partners Scott Shaw David Nicholas and David Clapp left to right
<p>Partners Scott Shaw, David Nicholas and David Clapp (left to right) </p>

2016 RH 25: Alexandria Restaurant Partners

The best and brightest restaurant companies are not just creating one great concept; they&#39;re creating many. See Restaurant Hospitality&#39;s picks for powerful multi-concept companies that not only play it cool, they kick ass. See all concepts &gt;&gt;

Headquarters: Alexandria, VA

Annual Sales: $35 million

Key Personnel:
• David Clapp, partner
• David Nicholas, partner
• Scott Shaw, partner
• Graham Duncan, corp. exec. chef
• Noah Loudenback, director of operations

• The Majestic (upscale American comfort food)
• Virtue Feed & Grain (a tavern serving elevated pub food)
• Café Tu Tu Tango (small plates concept with artists working on site)
• Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap (family style pizza, pasta and Italian wines)
• Palette 22 (a more urbane version of Café Tu Tu Tango)
• Vola’s Dockside Grill & the Hi-Tide Lounge (waterfront seafood dining and a hideaway bar)

• Dantanna’s (three units, combing upscale casual dining with sports)

• More units of Palette 22 and Café Tu Tu Tango

WHY IT’S COOL: Many multi-concept companies begin with a single concept that connects in a big way and the owner(s), then decide to open a second new concept with the hope it, too, achieves success. If so, a third is planned and so on. Then there are companies like ARP, which consists of a group of seasoned industry veterans (more than 100 years of combined experience) who unite their specific expertise to create a juggernaut business brand. What makes this company special is that they not only know how to read a spreadsheet, they know what customers want and know how to deliver a superior product.

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