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Stephanie John and Fred Castellucci
<p>Stephanie, John and Fred Castellucci</p>

2016 RH 25: Castellucci Hospitality Group

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 multiconcept companies that not only play it cool, they kick ass. See all concepts &gt;&gt;

Headquarters: Atlanta

Annual Sales: $13 million

Units: 4

Key Personnel:
• Frederico “Fred” Castellucci III, president/c.e.o.
• Stephanie Castellucci, owner/v.p.
• John Castellucci, chef

• Cooks & Soldiers (Basque-inspired menu)
• Double Zero (Southern Italian menu)
• The Iberian Pig (Spanish tapas)
• Sugo (Mediterranean-inspired menu)

• Two restaurants in development

WHY WE THINK IT’S COOL: When you’re creating a multi-concept company, it’s probably best to play it safe, which explains why so many restaurant groups create tried-and-true eateries that give customers what they want (burgers, fried chicken, etc.). On the other hand, the best way to stand out in a crowd is to move against the grain, and that’s what the Castellucci siblings have done in Atlanta. The Italian restaurants provide an anchor of familiarity, but the Spanish ones offer excitement and off-the-beaten-path adventure. Their risk has paid off and Atlanta has responded, as has the James Beard Foundation, which last year named Cooks & Solidiers’ executive chef Landon Thompson a finalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Sure a great burger is satisfying, but how about Thompson’s Berkshire and Iberico meatballs with pimento and Manchego espuma instead? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

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