Huntsville Restaurant Week 2018—Ten Tasty Days Of Deals!

Over the past year, the Huntsville/Madison area has introduced several new and unique concepts to its culinary scene. We’ve seen many trends from large cities join the market and the list is only growing.

Without stepping foot outside the city limits, you can taste cuisine from all over the globe! Whether you’re looking for poke, chicken curry, tacos, or bratwurst, Huntsville has you covered.

Welcome, Huntsville Restaurant Week 2018!

Every year, as part of the statewide Alabama Restaurant Week, the Rocket City shines a spotlight on its many outstanding local eateries by encouraging patrons to enjoy tastings, discounts, and exclusive events throughout the week at participating restaurants.

Self-proclaimed foodies can experience all kinds of dishes—from messy fare served on paper plates to exotic ingredients delivered with fine cutlery and wine. The options are endless, which is why the city dedicates this time to exploring local grub.

This year, the event is taking place from August 10th-19th!

More than 50 restaurants are participating this year, which means you have a lot of eating ahead of you if you want to experience it all. In addition to the stellar food, several breweries are crafting special brews in celebration as well.

You can also win prizes throughout the event by showing off your meals on social media and using the hashtag #DineHsv! So get to sharing! 

What deals are available?

Participating restaurants have been asked to offer at least one of these specially priced menu options:

  • Lunch Specials– $10 or $15 featuring two courses
  • Dinner Specials– $10, $20, $30, and $40 with three courses
  • Bonus Bites– This category features establishments that will give discounts on desserts, appetizers, or smaller bites

 Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants and available deals.

In the spirit of Restaurant Week, we visited a few places to see what they are cooking up for guests this year!

Purveyor

If there’s one restaurant that’s making huge waves in the culinary industry it’s Purveyor in Downtown Huntsville. Featured by Alabama News Center, this fine-dining spot is ideal for date nights, special occasions, and a great place to unwind at the end of the day.

The atmosphere invites you in with comfortable booths and perfectly placed dinnerware. Looking at the menu alone will get your mouth watering. And during this year’s Restaurant Week, the chef is serving some very special made-from-scratch dishes.

There are two $40 three-course dinner options to choose from. (Specials are subject to change due to availability, so keep checking back on the official Huntsville Restaurant Week website to get the latest options.)

At Sonoma Shoppe, a wine and cheese shop connected to Purveyor, patrons can have fun with a $12 grab-and-go option that includes a sandwich or salad, plus two sides, and a bag of chips and a cookie. It’s a perfect chance to take your goodies to the park and have a nice, leisurely picnic.

On our recent trip to Purveyor, we were able to try some other incredible dishes that we highly recommend.

You can begin your experience by starting with the Summer Salad. It’s a fusion of heirloom tomatoes, fresh watermelon, strawberries, sunflower seeds, feta, smoked chili, blood oranges, and maracuya vinaigrette. This salad is essentially summer on a plate, and the flavors of the fruit and cheese complement one another perfectly. With each bite, you will taste something different—a new combination of ingredients. But you’ll have to save room for another course.

Without a doubt, the Lobster Fried Avocado is a must-try dish this season. The chef has concocted an entrée that includes Maine lobster, a four-cheese filling, cilantro crema, and heirloom pico de gallo. It’s literally bursting with creamy avocado and melted cheeses. The fried shell makes this earthy dish complete with its slightly crunchy texture.

One of the favorites at Purveyor is called the “Silly Rabbit,” and everyone is raving about it. It includes rabbit stuffed to the brim with house-made chorizo sausage, sautéed heart of palm, sundried tomatoes, fennel, and spinach sauce. It lives up to the hype and will introduce you to new tastes you may not have experienced before.

Believe it or not, Purveyor also excels when it comes to burgers. The Olde Fashioned Burger combines American Kobe beef, aged cheddar cheese, pecan-smoked bacon, shishito pepper aioli, and traditional fixings on a brioche bun. You’ll also get a side of house-made Peruvian potato chips.

And no meal is complete at Purveyor without the perfect drink. We recommend “The Bird and the Bees”, “Upper Case”, or “The Silk Road”. Ask your server which one will pair best with your desired entrée.

Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro

Mason Dixon is well known for its ability to create amazing dishes that also happen to be gluten-free. This is great news for people who have special dietary needs and still want to enjoy the fun that is Restaurant Week.

This year, the team will be serving up two delicious options for $15:

Patrons can choose the Meatloaf Melt sandwich made with bacon jam, crispy tobacco onions, and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free bun.

Or, you can go with the light and tasty Shrimp Avocado Salad that offers remoulade-tossed shrimp, charred red onions, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and a honey-sherry vinaigrette on a bed of local mixed greens.  Both of these options come with your choice of a cupcake for dessert. You really can’t go wrong!

We sampled the Shrimp Avocado Salad and savored every bite. The remoulade sauce packs a punch and makes the salad extra creamy and appetizing. And after getting in all of your garden-fresh greens, a cupcake is the perfect way to end your meal.

Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza – Campus 805

If you are one of the few people who have yet to visit Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza, what are you waiting for? The restaurant prides itself on using fresh ingredients, making pizza dough in-house, and using cooking/preparation methods that bring out the best in pizza, calzones, salads, and even ice cream!

For Restaurant Week, you can choose a $15 lunch option or a $30 dinner option. Here’s what you get:

$15 Lunch – Small Porkalicious, Favorite, Greenstreet, or PMS pizza, along with a salad and a drink.

$30 Dinner – Large Porkalicious, Favorite, Greenstreet, or PMS pizza, two salads, and two scoops of regular ice cream.

This spot is perfect if you have a large group who wants to make the most of the week’s tasty deals. It’s located in Yellowhammer Brewing so you’ll have quick access to some awesome local brews that pair with your pizza. Try the “Summer Bock,” a brew made specifically for restaurant week that is a German-style golden lager!

So if you’re searching for pizza made by experts, you’ll want to head over the Earth & Stone. Every slice is packed with tasty toppings!

Honest Coffee Roasters

Located at The Garage at Clinton Row, Honest Coffee Roasters serves up a full menu of specialty coffee drinks, baked goods, breakfast, and lunch options. Aside from its cappuccinos and iced Cubans, Honest’s açaí bowls have been a major hit among locals and visitors alike. That’s why they have created a brand new bowl and coffee drink for guests to indulge in for Restaurant Week.

Honest is part of the “bonus bites” category so you can purchase these items as a pair for $10.

Guests can grab a Peanut Butter Mocha that includes peanut butter, honey, condensed milk, and mocha sauce—delicious!

The new bowl is called the Curious George bowl, and those who have had a sneak preview said it’s their favorite so far. Try it yourself and taste the bananas, grapes, apples, Craisins, cacao nibs, peanut butter, and local honey all atop the açaí sorbet and granola.

Honest is also doing a special event for Restaurant Week!

Undercover Coffee—Scavenger Hunt will be taking place August 10th-12th. The coffee roaster will be hiding ten bags of its retail beans throughout Downtown Huntsville at different public locations for people to find and keep.

Some of the bags even have gift cards attached, and there are instructions on the back for how to redeem one free drink!

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the eateries that are participating this year. Which restaurants are YOU most excited to try during Huntsville Restaurant Week? Let us know in the comments!

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Smart Building Technology—The Next Differentiator

Historically, business owners have placed a premium on location, demographics, and accessibility when it came to site selection. While these factors will always play an important role in leasing a space—as they should—new trends are emerging that focus on “smart building” technology.

Simply put, smart buildings make use of current technology and automation in order to improve its management and functionality. By introducing some of the more popular tech features, building owners and commercial real estate professionals find that properties can increase in value, have happier tenants, and save on operating costs in the long run.

According to Emerging Trends in Real Estate, “technology will significantly change the office leasing, operating, and structural environment going forward.” Buildings are evolving to incorporate more technological advances. But supporting additional devices means equipping the space with high-speed connections and specific network capabilities.

Many of these features are not new to the marketplace. In fact, some of the technology has been used for decades to cut down on growing energy consumption. What is changing is the rising importance placed on these features when seeking a potential space.

Here’s a look at some of the more popular smart building tools that are utilized in commercial buildings and how they can potentially enhance a property:

Lighting Controls & Sensors

As stated above, lighting sensor technology is not new to commercial real estate. Several companies have put smart lighting features in place that have drastically decreased energy consumption—along with their energy bills—making the office more comfortable and efficient for occupants.

As sensor technology becomes more advanced, businesses are adopting tools that can monitor and record data about the use of a building’s various rooms. The information gathered updates owners of the occupants’ habits, like how often a conference room is reserved versus how often it’s actually used.

Rather than relying solely on manual observations, this type of sensor solution delivers accurate data so it’s easy to see exactly how available space is being utilized. This has allowed businesses to make calculated decisions when repurposing underused square footage in their facility.

Enhanced Security Features

Building security has progressed past the point of a few locks on the front door. Thanks to recent technology, biometric security is at the forefront of people’s minds.

Mobile devices have made great strides in this type of security by introducing features such as fingerprint scanners and facial recognition, and other industries are following suit. Similar technology is now making buildings more advanced by adding additional credentials for entering. Other companies are doing away with traditional keys or fobs and allowing employees to unlock doors with their mobile devices.

There are already plenty of options when it comes to live video footage and remotely controlling locks and security measures from mobile phones and apps—and they are continuing to grow in popularity.

Of course, many of these newer security features are still being ironed out when it comes to effectiveness. But it’s expected that as technology continues to improve, more and more business owners will opt in for additional security measures.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Cooling (HVAC) Features

Many buildings are now using powerful software to automatically control building thermostats, water heaters, sprinkler systems, and even monitor for water leaks. New optimized HVAC systems can calculate the best way to heat or cool a space based on the time of day and other factors. These tools are helping businesses save money, water, and become more environmentally conscious.

With HVAC systems connected to a network, it’s possible to automatically heat and cool rooms based on individual needs. If a room is not being used for long periods of time, the cooling could automatically shut off—thus saving the energy it would take to cool an empty room.

Smart Cities Dive, an online publication specializing in technology savvy cities, reported, “buildings consume about 30% of the world’s energy.” Having software that can track variables in the environment is crucial to using the space most effectively.

Advanced Audio/Visual Systems

Offices have different needs when it comes to the integration of audio/visual technology. Most modern spaces are adding network-connected systems that allow users to stream music and video throughout the office via their mobile devices. These systems allow tenants to take presentations and necessary multimedia documents anywhere in the office and instantly connect to any conference room screen, iPad, or other viewing devices.

But functionality isn’t the only issue. Modern offices are looking for ways to integrate the technology seamlessly without disrupting the aesthetics of the space. This means hiding systems completely from view and paying close attention to how people will interact with the design.

Finally, it’s important to remember that technology is changing daily. So having systems that are adaptable is a must. Many of the tools mentioned above may require additional features to make them work correctly—like high-speed fiber connections.

Knowing the possibilities of your future office space will help you make decisions when it comes to the integration of smart building technology and understanding what will work best for you.

What other smart building features do you think are important? Is there a new technology that you’d like to see introduced to your office building? Let us know in the comments!

 If you have questions about office space that incorporates smart building features, be sure to contact Crunkleton office broker Eric St. John at eric@crunkletonassociates.com.

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Client Spotlight: Alliance Behavioral Health

Alliance Behavioral Health, situated within Crestwood Professional Center on Chateau Drive, is making great strides within the behavioral healthcare community. Co-owners, Katie Lewallen, Ph.D. and W. Jeff Bryson, Ph.D., have created an advanced practice that views mental health holistically.

And now, after celebrating its six-month anniversary in patient care, it’s developed a team, culture, and level of service that stands out.

“For so long, behavioral health practitioners have operated in silos, apart from the rest of the medical community,” said Katie. “But that mentality is quickly shifting and we will continue to see more and more mental and physical health professionals working in sync.”

According to Katie and Jeff, patients will find the greatest success when mental and physical health is addressed as a whole.

“Here at Alliance, we come up with plans to provide services for patients in a way that they can be seen more often and more efficiently,” explained Jeff. “We are here to offer our own specialized services and connect our clients with the best resources available. Sometimes, that means directing them to the correct specialist, introducing them to one of the counselors on our team, or directing them to an outside provider that may better serve his or her individual needs. We aim to be a hub of behavioral health within the North Alabama community.”

Crestwood Professional Center

Forming An Alliance

“In order to advance patient-centered healthcare, we have to realize that we can’t treat symptoms in isolation,” stated Katie. “We have to take care of mental health for physical health to improve. Alliance was created with the objective of integrating behavioral health with the broader healthcare community.”

After working together for five years, Katie and Jeff realized that they shared a vision for how and where a behavioral health practice should go. It was then the two decided to collaborate and make Alliance a reality.

“Like our name suggests, we have formed an alliance of behavioral health professionals who are passionate about what they do,” said Katie. “But the alliance extends beyond our office. We make an effort to work with clients’ family practitioners, therapists, educators, specialists, and others on their care team to get the full picture of their health.”

Within the medical community, patients are likely to encounter a number of specialists that deal with different issues individually. Alliance integrates information and input from all sources so they can develop the most effective treatment plans possible.

A Broad Spectrum of Services

Alliance offers services to all ages and specializes in a variety of disorders from the more common to extremely rare.

“We always welcome the more complex and challenging cases,” guaranteed Jeff. “In my training, I was fortunate enough to work in an environment where I was able to assist on very rare cases. We aim to do everything we can to improve their quality of life and get them functioning again, regardless of how challenging or uncommon the condition.”

Comprehensive assessments, collaborative treatment planning, psychological testing, and ongoing counseling are all under the umbrella of services offered at ABH.

“Alliance is a multidisciplinary practice,” clarified Katie. “We provide a broad range of ongoing services and each patient receives highly individualized care. It’s a technology-driven practice too that utilizes some of the most innovative and advanced techniques within the behavioral health community.”

Katie, a licensed clinical psychologist, focuses her services on children who are struggling in school or having some sort of difficulty succeeding academically or at home. Furthermore, she helps patients achieve their goals with assessments for ADHD, specific learning disorders like dyslexia, mood and anxiety disorders, and personality issues.

“I think it sounds really simple, but I love my job because I know I’m making a difference in people’s everyday lives,” shared Katie. “Watching my clients gain confidence and decrease stress is such a privilege for me.”

Jeff’s services cover a different area.

“One of the best things about our practice is our ability to provide different niche services,” said Jeff. “I specialize in health service psychology, neuropsychology, and I assess clients for a number of conditions associated with how the brain functions. Some of my cases have chronic health issues that they are dealing with and require very specialized treatment.”

The Alliance Behavioral Health team also includes three licensed professional counselors, Megan Caudle, M.Ed., LPC-S, Scott Kincaid, LPC-S, NCC, and Amy Bryan, LPC. Temple Bryson, MS, provides direct clinical assistance to the psychologists in order for patients’ assessment data to be collected and managed more efficiently. Taylor Ballard is ABH’s administrative director and ensures a quality patient experience and ongoing support for the administrative needs of the practice.

“We are all experts in our respective areas,” explained Katie. “But one of the things that sets Alliance apart is our focus on teamwork and creating connections. That’s the backbone of our culture.”

A Culture of Collaboration

“One of the reasons we felt driven to create Alliance was the need for a highly collaborative company culture,” shared Jeff. “There are a lot of practices we have put into place that not only improves the lives of our healthcare team but helps patients as well.”

Each month, the ABH team spends time reviewing cases as a group in an effort to optimize individualized treatment plans and break through barriers.

“When we sit around a table and offer insight into each other’s cases, it really gives us perspectives we wouldn’t have otherwise had,” said Katie. “Working as a team lets us put many trained minds on particularly challenging cases. It’s how we have breakthroughs—and it’s all geared toward making the experience and care of the patient successful.”

While each of the healthcare providers at ABH have specialized training and offer varying services, each team member is considered equally important to the vitality of the office. This also extends to the administrative staff.

“We all run this place together,” clarified Jeff. “From the front desk to our treatment rooms, everyone who interacts with our patients is equally important to our success and the success of our clients.” And, according to Katie and Jeff, that’s what has unified the team and made it a wonderful place to come to work each day.

“It’s true,” added Katie. “Taylor at our front desk accomplishes things that I could never do. He’s an expert at what he does and he is the first face our patients see when they walk in. We know that he will make sure they are treated well and have a pleasant experience.”

Currently, there are five full-time counselors/psychologists providing care at Alliance, but Katie said there is room for a few more.

“We are open to meeting additional providers who are interested in working with our company model,” said Katie. “Mental health professionals are trained to rely on consultation and peer support, but once we get to the real world that can be hard to come by. We have done our best to facilitate a supportive group within our team at Alliance.”

Looking to the Future

“Our practice is about building bridges between behavioral health and the rest of the medical community,” said Jeff. “We’ve designed Alliance to be a highly adaptive office that can easily evolve with the changing healthcare dynamics. In the future, we will continue to grow by adding more technology, providing education to other practitioners, and creating more connections with different providers.”

Jeff also shared that ABH hopes to further advance the use of technology within the practice, including incorporating the use of biofeedback and creating an active research program.

Katie added that the team is working on the cutting edge of what behavioral health research is saying—that patient-centered, technology-driven care is enhanced by collaboration. And part of that is creating more connections with other healthcare fields in the future.

“At the end of the day, it comes down to making a difference,” assured Katie. “Our patients need to be heard, and we tackle each day with a common goal. We want to impact patients’ lives in a positive way. No one should feel alone on their journey toward a happier, healthier life.”

Interested in learning more about Alliance? Visit the company website here: https://alliancehsv.com

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Finding The Perfect Restaurant Space—What To Discuss With Your Broker

In today’s world of retail commercial real estate, few things get more buzz than a new and exciting restaurant concept. When we ask what people would like to see in a particular property or development, the vast majority of requests and comments are for restaurants. So this got us thinking, what do restaurateurs need to look for and consider when deciding on the best property to lease or purchase for their new concept?

At Crunkleton, we’ve helped a number of clients reach their goals of opening a successful restaurant. Here are a few things your broker needs to discuss with you before beginning the search for the perfect piece of property:

Concept & Clientele

The first thing we need to examine is your concept, who your customers are, and when they will be coming to visit. Is your concept open for all three meals of the day or just dinner? What will your busiest time of day be? Knowing your projected peak hours will help you determine if you need to be situated near a large daytime/work population or an area with a more active evening population.

You may also need to consider how commuter traffic affects your desired location. Do you need to capture the crowd heading to work during the morning hours? Or will you get more business after work hours? Determining these factors first will narrow down the areas that need to be considered, making your search more efficient while eliminating areas that wouldn’t be suitable.

We also need to consider local zoning laws. If you serve alcohol, then we need to make sure we search in the correct zoning district and may need to be a certain distance from protected uses, such as schools and churches.

Size & Special Features

Next, let’s determine what size space you need and if you require any special features such as a drive-thru or outdoor patio. One of the biggest factors in the success of a restaurant will be occupancy costs. Essentially, this is how much it costs you to occupy the space in relation to your sales volume. A space too large will drive up your occupancy costs by leaving you to pay rent on empty tables that aren’t producing sales. A space too small may limit the number of customers you can serve, therefore driving up occupancy costs by not producing enough sales to cover your expenses. Finding the appropriate size space is critical to long-term success.

These added features (like the patio or drive-thru) may be beneficial to your business and drive more customer traffic. Properties with these features generally cost more to lease or purchase, but the increased costs may be worth it in the long run.

Parking & Accessibility

Another important factor to consider is parking and accessibility. Like we mentioned previously, these factors will largely be determined by your concept. A lunch-focused restaurant may need to be more concerned with parking and convenience than a sit-down dinner concept. If your patrons will be pressed for time, having an abundance of parking close to the front door may be important.

Are you a quick-serve breakfast concept? Then you may want to be located on the “going-to-work” side of the road so customers can easily swing in and out during their morning commute and don’t have to waste time crossing traffic or waiting on a light to change.

Condition

Lastly, let’s talk about the condition of the space we need to be looking for during our search. Can you handle the initial build-out of the restaurant or do we need to find a space that has previously been a restaurant? Restaurant spaces have requirements that may not be in place in some of the properties we find, such as grease traps, vent hoods, adequate HVAC, etc.

Finding spaces that already have these features installed can certainly save time and money when it comes to build-out and getting open, but may be difficult to find and costlier to lease or purchase. Part of a broker’s job is knowing the market well enough to expedite your search and introduce you to spaces that fit your needs when it come to these necessities.

Obviously saving that time and money on build-out would be nice, but don’t let your decision on the final location be driven by the fact that the space is a second-generation restaurant space. We’ve put this last on the list because we believe from our experience that the other factors are more important to the long-term success of a restaurant than saving some money during the build-out.

Are you searching for the perfect restaurant space? Be sure to check out our full list of available restaurant spaces here.

And give us a call at 256-536-8809, or email us at info@crunkletonassociates.com. Our retail brokers would be happy to help you with your search and answer any questions you have.

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Zac Buckley
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Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Group
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Originally from Tennessee, Zac studied business management at Samford University. After moving to Huntsville in 2001, Zac started out his career in banking, wealth management, and financial planning. In 2010 he joined Crunkleton and has since become the VP of Leasing for the commercial real estate group where he focuses on retail leasing and development.