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Meet Walter Jordan of The Dogwood Restaurant Group (DWRC GROUP)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Walter Jordan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Walter. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Started my career over 27 years ago as a concession manager for Turner Field and the Georgia dome and later Wendy’s corporate and franchise locations (owned by Paul Williams), I received a good foundation, learning to run efficient and cost-conscious establishments. As a native Atlanta, I have seen the city Transcend from A Bible Belt southern city to the hustle and bustle of a metropolis. I’m known for being the GM of some of the best corporate restaurants, (Rer lobster, TFI Friday’s, and the Cheesecake Factory).

After learning how to run an $11.2 million a year operation, I felt it was time to try my hands with independent restaurants such as Rare Soul Tapas, Sweet Auburn Bistro (which is now Sweet Auburn Seafood), and The Grape at Inman Park (which was owned by R&B sensation Usher Raymond). I’ve been responsible for several accolades that these restaurants have received which led to features in Food $ wine magazines, favorable reviews in other leading publications and satisfied reviews by customers on heavily trafficked consumer sites such as an open table, trip advisor, and CitySearch.

After opening several successful restaurants, owners started getting the word that The DWRC GROUP was the go-to company in Atlanta to consult their restaurant needs with. Some of our clients are: Umi Sushi, BQE Restaurant, Harold Chicken, Himitsu, Eight Sushi, Suite Food Lounge, Revel, Bone Lick BBQ, NaanStop, Char, Hampton & Hudson, Bartaco (all 3 locations, Barcelona Wine Bar, The Red Phone Booth, Highland Cigar, Basil’s Restaurant & Tapas Bar, Marco Pizza, to name a few. We are not just into getting permits and liquor license for restaurants it we’ve pulled permits for large projects such as both new planet fitness locations in Atlanta, Cocke Finkelstein headquarters, 1 Baltimore Place and several condos and townhome developments.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Some of our companies early struggles were learning each county system in Georgia. The City of Atlanta, Dekalb, Tucker, Brookhaven, and Gwinnett, Fulton County, and Union City to name a few, all have different policies in the way they handle permitting and liquor licenses. You must also know the ropes with the Department of Revenue.

Please tell us about The Dogwood Restaurant Group (DWRC GROUP).
Our company is a full Comprehensive food and beverage firm that specialize in restaurants, clubs, lounges and other food-related operations. we handle everything from being in the state Siri liquor license facilitators, permit expediters, project coordinators, as well as training staffing and development. We are known for getting the job done with permits, zoning issues, variances, but our speedy service with liquor license (local and state) put us on the map.

We received the award as small business of the year at the RICE AWARDS this year and we are most proud of that honor after looking at the competition we were up against. What separates us from everyone else, is simple. It’s our relationship and knows how. We pride ourselves on being the best in the industry. We don’t stop until the job is done. They may tell us no once, but once our team studies the codes for a certain area, we know then how to tackle any situation.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Yes, I would have hired and trained more people quicker. We had no idea how quickly we would grow.

Contact Info:

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  • Twitter: Dwrcgroup

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