This signature platter is an example of the subtle details that make Waterfront Grill such a unique dining experience
Jimmy Blacketer, of 6 B’s Restaurant Management Group, LLC, is the owner of the new Waterfront Grill in Jenks, Oklahoma. It is an American grill serving burgers, flatbread pizza, gourmet salads, hickory wood grilled steaks, fresh seafood, and sushi. He also owns Los Cabos, a fine dining Mexican restaurant located in the nearby Jenks Riverwalk development, Broken Arrow, and Owasso.
Blacketer sayst, “We have used another restaurant equipment and supply company in Texas for years. But Reza Ghavami with Curtis Restaurant Supply has been diligent in asking for our business for over a year. We recently had some product shortage issues with our Texas supplier, so we decided to give them a try.”
He continues, “The tableware and smallwares were a precursor to determine if we wanted to work with Curtis on future kitchen projects. I would have to give Reza an A-minus. He did a great job for us. He also brought in the owner of Curtis Restaurant Supply to assist in the project, which was an important deciding factor in determining our future business relationship. Everything is moving in the right direction for the development of several new Los Cabos restaurants.”
Blacketer wanted something completely different for the tabletop. He spent months traveling to industry trade shows, looking through decorator magazines, and searching the Internet, to find just the right tabletop items for the Waterfront Grill. Ghavami comments, “Mr. Blacketer would hand me the information and say, ‘Find this.’ I really had to stay on my toes in order to deliver these unique items in time for the March 7th, 2011, opening night.”
The dinnerware was carefully chosen for this restaurant. The inclusion of the Waterfront Grill’s logo on the H.F. Coors platter demonstrates the thoughtfulness of the tableware choices. “We didn’t make it easy on Reza. There were a lot of overseas orders,” said Mr. Blacketer. Other dinnerware was manufactured in Staffordshire, England, and supplied by Dudson® USA. Curtis Restaurant Supply flew in the Dudson® USA sales representative from Dallas three times to ensure the order was carried out to Blacketer’s expectations. In addition, the glass sushi plates were handmade in Turkey and imported to the USA. Blacketer chose them specifically to highlight the restaurant’s popular caterpillar roll.
The pepper mill was another very important element for the tabletop. Ghavami brought in 20 different samples of pepper mills for Blacketer to review. He selected a Vic Firth, Federal pepper mill, handcrafted in Maine, with a custom monogram. To complement the stately pepper mill, Blacketer chose a unique sugar packet holder unlike any in this area. The round, stainless steel design contains a flip-up lid to conceal the packets from view, for a more elegant table. Finally, the special table lighting was selected to create a relaxing dining experience.
Curtis Restaurant Supply furnished several items for the bar, including small bar equipment and wine glasses. The Walther-Glas by Oneida® stemware has substantial weight, but a delicate bowl in order to highlight the rich color of the wine. The bar boasts a vacuum-sealed wine delivery system that maintains a constant temperature to preserve the integrity of the wine. The Waterfront Grill also makes its own sparkling water and supports the community by offering several locally made wines and beer. Recently, the Oklahoma-made Mustang Gold Wheat beer they provide won the silver medal at the World Beer Festival.
Curtis Restaurant Supply assisted Mr. Blacketer’s Houston-based interior designer with copper architectural accents for the restaurant. Originally, the interior designer planned to wrap the vent hood in copper, but later decided to create a ‘wave’ of copper above the open kitchen. “She brought in color swatches and we were able to supply the materials and create the look she wanted through our kitchen project management department,” says Ghavami.
Ghavami says, “We have an entire warehouse full of china, steak knives, flatware, glassware, and smallwares just for the Waterfront Grill and Los Cabos. Curtis has dedicated our warehouse space to make sure they never run out of their important items. We have enjoyed working with Mr. Blacketer on this project and look forward to future projects. We appreciate the opportunity to show him the many services Curtis can provide.”