FCSI’s Dynamic Design podcast series 2: episode #3: Ken Schwartz
Tampa, Florida-based Ken Schwartz FCSI of SSA– a hugely experienced restaurant designer and consultant who has worked with a number of the world’s top chefs and designed multiple restaurants that have won awards and set standards for many years.
Kitchen Wizard: Ken Schwartz and the Magic Behind Creating Destination Dining
“After we did the addition to the Columbia in Ybor City, we realized [that] not only were people beginning to enjoy our style of service and really our expertise, but that there was a much greater opportunity out there outside the Tampa Bay area,” he said.
“SSA is creative in terms of concepts and creative in terms of using space,” notes Kit Pappas, V.P., Hotel Management, Tavistock Development Co. “Not everyone has that combination of creative and technical ability. We’re building three hotels from the ground up, and they have been very collaborative. They listen to our ideas and evolve as we evolve. They don’t try to fit us into their concept. I can’t say enough good things about them. They are extremely talented but also very likeable.”
Episode 3 - Foodservice Designs and the Impacts...
Ken, who has been tightly connected with the foodservice industry for essentially all his life, has run his global hospitality design company and consulting firm for over 30 years, partnering with some of the top names in the industry.
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“Innovation is essential for creating solutions to overcome new or existing challenges. It is vital in the development of efficiency at all levels, which impact the operators’ bottom line as well as the guest experience,” Schwartz says. “These awards and the recognition they provide are a catalyst to entice people to be creative and to think outside of the norm. Startups typically take on a new approach.”