C³ and 3-Michelin-Star Chef Dani García Partner to Create

|Jun 9|magazine15 min read

MIAMI, June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), a revolutionary food and beverage platform recently launched by Sam Nazarian, has announced that it has signed an agreement with internationally acclaimed Chef Dani García to open two culinary concepts by the end of 2020: Casa Dani by Dani García, a full-service dining concept, and Minük by Dani García, a fast casual concept, both with Mediterranean flavor with a Spanish flair.  Led by Chef García and Javier Gutierrez, Grupo Dani García has helmed several successful restaurants across Spain and the Middle East, including three-Michelin-star Restaurant Dani García.  García and C3 plan to open an additional 15 full-service dining Casa Dani by Dani García and up to 100 quick service Minük by Dani García globally in the next five years. All of the food concepts will be developed in close collaboration with C3 Chief Culinary Officer Martin Heierling. C3 is planning to open 200 virtual kitchens by the end of 2020 including Umami Burger, Sam's Crispy Chicken, Krispy Rice, recently launched Plant Nation and EllaMia, and more. C3 will focus on restaurant concepts made up of an array of limited service culinary brands that are both new developments and evolutions of established, highly successful full-service sbe restaurants.

"By partnering with culinary genius and entrepreneur Dani García, we are now able to bring his 3-star Michelin experience to the American palate with our 'Phone to Table' philosophy under $30, in under 30 minutes. The future of dining is casual, mobile and experiential," said sbe and C3 CEO and Founder Sam Nazarian. "Dani is a globally renowned chef and a true culinary innovator. He and his team are an exciting complement to C3 and together we look forward to creating a new food and beverage paradigm.  I cannot wait to launch our incredible concepts in the core of Manhattan at our Citizens location."

García said, "The collaboration with sbe, Simon, and Accor will be a great step for Grupo Dani García. Together with Sam Nazarian and his team, we have found the best possible partnership, as we share similar business philosophies on how to maximize synergies between lifestyle and elevated dining experiences. Our respective visions are acutely aligned, and we are committed to developing a revolutionary culinary culture that will adapt sbe/C3's lifestyle concepts with our food brands."

Casa Dani by Dani García, a Mediterranean full-service dining concept with Spanish flair to open as part of this collaboration, will arrive in 2020 in C3's recently announced hospitality project Citizens.  This 40,000-square-foot culinary destination by award-winning designer David Rockwell is being developed by Brookfield Properties at Manhattan West in Manhattan.

The second concept, Minük by Dani García, a quick-service Mediterranean concept with Spanish flair, also slated for launch in Q4 2020 at Citizens, will be available in various C3 ghost kitchens across the United States. These undertakings will mark the first time Grupo Dani García has brought Chef Garcia's world-renowned culinary style to the United States.

García, the celebrated Andalusian chef at the helm of multiple Michelin-starred restaurants is a leader in Spanish cuisine. After opening his first informal concept restaurant within the Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella, he launched his groundbreaking and democratic concept-driven restaurants BiBo Madrid and Marbella-based Lobito de Mar. In the middle of 2019, García jumped from his restaurant kitchen to the stoves of the Spanish TV program Hacer de Comer, fulfilling his dream of bringing his cuisine to households all over Spain. Delivering on an ambitious growth strategy, he has since opened BiBo Beach House in Tarifa, his most travel-inspired concept, adapted to the Valdevaqueros beach, and he has carried the gastronomical experience of Lobito de Mar to Madrid.  On June 18, Leña, a casual dining steak house that applies fresh and modern tastes to classic culinary traditions, will open at the previous location of the three-star Michelin Dani García Restaurant.

Uniting established and new proprietary brands, C3 and Grupo Dani García will leverage complementary expertise to address the rapidly changing F&B landscape, with an emphasis on experiential, globally minded culinary offerings. In addition to a full-service establishment, the two partners will also open a quick service restaurant, initially within Citizens, capitalizing on the evolution of consumer preferences toward casual and mobile culinary moments.

About C3
C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), is a revolutionary food and beverage platform, consisting of an array of limited service culinary brands. C3 is focused on disrupting the food & beverage industry by capitalizing on rapidly evolving customer preferences such as food halls, virtual kitchens and mobile delivery. All of C3's concepts are inspired by either existing or established sbe full-service brands or created by C3's award winning chef partners.

C3 was launched as a partnership between sbe; Simon, a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations; and Accor, the world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in more than 5,000 hotels and residences across 110 destinations. By combining sbe's ability to build and grow successful, award-winning food and beverage concepts, Simon's extensive real estate footprint and Accor's international hotel base of 5,000 global properties, C3 is enviably positioned to be the leader and pioneer in this space.

C3 virtual kitchens include: Umami Burger, Sam's Crispy Chicken, Krispy Rice, and the newly launched Plant Nation and EllaMia. Citizens food hall will open in New York City at Manhattan West in November 2020. C3 will open by the end of 2020 over 200 virtual kitchens.

About Grupo Dani García
Dani García Group is a young, fun and innovative brand that was created from the vision, love for cuisine, taste for things well done and other shared passions of Dani García and his business partners, Laura and Javier Gutiérrez.

Respect, loyalty, teamwork, creativity and the ability to generate synergies with different suppliers, in order to create new and more complete experiences, are their hallmarks of the Dani García Group. These values aim to surprise, fulfil dreams and, ultimately, make customers happy with the company's restaurant concepts and brands. Currently, the group includes the restaurants BIBO (Marbella, Madrid, Tarifa and Doha), Lobito de Mar (Marbella and Madrid) and Leña, which will open on June 18, 2020 in Marbella. In addition to these restaurants, the group has the catering line Eventos Dani García, which operates throughout Spain and Atelier Dani García which is the chef's R&D centre in Marbella.

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