UV50 Fastest-Growing Companies: No. 8 Savory R&R

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THREE-YEAR GROWTH 1,256%
2019 REVENUE $19.8 million
CITY Lehi
FOUNDED 2013
EMPLOYEES 347
INDUSTRY Food and beverage
WEBSITE RandRBBQ.com
FOUNDER Neil Harfert, 55
THE COMPANY A barbecue restaurant.

WHAT A RUN
R&R BBQ has the meats — and the leadership, and the talent, and the systems, and the quality, and the partnerships, and the growth. Armed with an investment from the Savory Fund, R&R’s slow-cooked goods are growing fast. The beloved barbecue joint has grown to eight locations — and is already heating up for more.

GOALS
1. “Expand to three additional states outside Utah.”
2. “Achieve industry-leading low staff turnover.”

ADVICE
“Pay up front for leadership talent and experience.”

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT

Unluckiest Moment “The national beef shortage due to COVID-related plant closures. Our costs skyrocketed this summer, and we were unable to offset these costs.”

Roll-The-Dice Moment “Within 48 hours of COVID hitting Utah, we decided on a limited menu that could be executed efficiently, designed a curbside ‘drive-thru,’ and engineered an entirely new staffing model. The first night we opened curbside, sales were up over 90%.”

Fortune Cookie Forecast “Success happens when the right people do the right things.”

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