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Chima Steakhouse And Emjac Industries, Partner To Turn Its Wine Offerings Into A Selling Proposition
Fort Lauderdale's Iconic Chima Steakhouse Expands to Orlando with Innovative Harmonic Wine Displays, a subsidiary of EmJac Industries.
Chima Steakhouse, aptly named after "chimarrao,"
Why Wine is the Key to Success
Traditionally, restaurants rely on a 60-70% profit margin from food sales, but wine service can yield an impressive 80% profit margin. So, Chima Steakhouse aimed to not only preserve its wine collection but also to enhance the guest experience and drive profitability.
Combining Beauty and Functionality
Chris Fletcher, Director of Design and Sales for Harmonic Wine Displays, shared, "Combining beauty and functionality is our specialty." Harmonic Wine Displays was entrusted with the task of designing a wine room measuring 10 feet by 20 feet housing up to 5,000 bottles. It had to be visible from the dining area, maintain optimal refrigeration and humidity levels, and offer easy accessibility for staff.
Amid the project's development, a change in the ceiling plan from a drop ceiling to a fixed ceiling posed a significant challenge. To ensure the project remained on schedule, Harmonic Wine Displays expedited the installation, allowing the new ceiling to be fitted around the wine room seamlessly.
Fletcher emphasized, "Opening a restaurant is quite an undertaking, and when challenges arise, it's critical to resolve them promptly with the opening date in mind." Additionally, a potential issue related to service access for the refrigeration and lighting systems was identified and proactively addressed. An access panel above the wine room's entrance was added within the deadline to accommodate the customer's needs.
A Testament to Excellence
Angelo Ponchio, Owner's Representative on the project, recognized its partnership with Harmonic Wine stating, "This was a good experience. It's a solid company."
Chima, Orlando is Open
Chima Steakhouse's expansion into Orlando marks another chapter in this family business success story. By keeping its wine collections front and center with statement-making wine displays, Chima is setting a new standard in the culinary world while increasing its bottom line.