Category: VSAG Client News

Sâuçá drives into First Place

VSAG congratulates our client Sâuçá for nabbing first place in The Great Emerging Franchise Challenge.  The award comes with a capital grant for services to help the business launch a national franchise program. Sâuçá  is the globally-inspired mobile restaurant fleet that serves eponymous sâuçás– flatbread wrapped sandwiches filled with international ingredients–across Washington, DC.  The unique brand is much more than a food truck, though – it combines food, travel, music, design, technology and fun with delicious results.  With the help of this award, Sâuçá will soon become a fun fixture on the streets of every major American city. VSAG worked closely… read more

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Washington Business Journal Announces Founding Farmers Second Location

On October 21, VSAG offered Washington Business Journal editors initial details in reference to the next Founding Farmers location. The Journal published news of VSAG’s plans to open a sister Founding Farmers restaurant in Montgomery County, MD next Fall. As the first Founding Farmers has flourished since opening in Washington, D.C. in September of 2008, VSAG is confident that this second installment will prove just as successful.

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Dan Simons, Founding Farmers & Yelp

Founding Farmers celebrated its second anniversary in September. Since opening, the restaurant has been reviewed by Yelpers more than 780 times – more than one review per day.  Dan Simons, VSAG co-founder and owner of Founding Farmers, has responded to every single one of those reviews. He and his commitment to interacting with every guest who takes time to comment on their experience, is the subject of today’s Yelp Web Log. Check it out. Comments welcome.

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Sauca Mobile Restaurant Leads Food Truck Revolution in DC

VSAG congratulates client Sauca for an exceptional review – and an appearance at the top of the list of DC’s top food trucks – in last week’s FOOD section of The Washington Post. Food Editor Joe Yonan gave sauca mobile restaurant truck(s) four stars out of four, and listed it as his favorite restaurant among 13 of Washington’s newest food trucks. Today and tomorrow Sauca is participating in the first annual DC Food Trucks Curbside Cookoff, the first formal gathering of 20 DC-based trucks featuring a wide variety of cuisine and food trends that are only growing in popularity.  The… read more

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Founding Farmers Wins Environmental Excellence Award

Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in Washington, DC, was today named as one of only two restaurants in The District to receive the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award in 2010. The annual awards recognize outstanding businesses and organizations for their environmental stewardship, innovative best practices, pollution prevention and resource conservation. “Founding Farmers was designed and built to minimize its impact on the environment through our mission of sustainable practices like recycling and composting, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and local sourcing whenever possible,” said VSAG‘s Dan Simons, the high caliber restaurant consulting and management firm for Founding Farmers. “We are honored to be… read more

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VSAG Client Wins Craft Brewing Gold

…and silver, and bronze!  Congratulations (and cheers!) to The Covey Restaurant & Brewery in Ft. Worth, Texas for their recent win of six awards for their incredible crafts beers at the 2010 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition.  Brewmaster Jamie Fulton’s own recipes garnered the two gold, two silver and two bronze medals for the handcrafted beers. The six medal-winning beers (out of eight entered by Mr. Fulton) recognized by the judges include: The Covey’s Texas Blonde and Aduro Porter scored gold medals in the German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch and Coffee Flavored Beer categories, respectively; Silver medal winners in the Vienna-Style Lager… read more

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Restaurant Patrons Save Green, Eat Green

Can the promise of a free cupcake or some cold hard cash work better than dire predictions of dying polar bears and rising sea levels at getting people to cut their carbon footprint?  For diners at Farmers & Fishers and Founding Farmers it can!   Both VSAG managed and operated restaurants are in partnership with EarthAid, a Washington, DC based company that offers members points that can be cashed in for rewards like free spa treatments and discounts on everything from yoga classes to energy audits and organic baby clothes. A recent article in Energy Daily highlights the benefits of… read more

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VSAG Cited as Industry Leader in Green Restaurants

Restaurants & Institutions magazine recognizes it, and so do VSAG’s clients – we’re a go-to expert for industry knowledge, experience and insight on how to grow a green restaurant – but more importantly, how to keep one going and use it as a model for the industry. VSAG Founder Dan Simons – our Green Guru – points out the “Good, Better, Best” steps for the magazine, emphasizing the “why” of going green, which invariably has an impact on the bottom line, but can also be used in creative ways to increase awareness among guests and employees. Read the full article… read more

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VSAG Client Cambria Suites Opens 19th Location

Cambria Suites, a client that has worked with VSAG since they opened their first hotel, has just launched its 19th location in Oklahoma City.   We are proud to congratulate their success and the launch of this newly revamped brand, which features an all-suite concept with top-of-the-line technology and comfortable settings for any traveler. VSAG worked with Cambria Suites and parent company Choice Hotels International on the food and beverage concept, helping them to achieve their vision of a bistro-style restaurant.  We look forward to more openings from this exciting group—there are already three more slated for 2010!

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VSAG Client Wins Award for Retail Construction

VSAG client Founding Farmers has been recognized by Mid-Atlantic Construction, a bi-monthly magazine for the regional construction industry, as the 2009 Retail Project of the Year. Projects were recognized for achieving the goals set forth by the project team, overcoming significant challenges, adopting innovative approaches, executing exception design and craftsmanship, and displaying strong teamwork. The jury was made up of architects, engineers, and general contractors. The winning projects are featured in the Winter 2009/ 2010 issue of Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine.

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