THREE-YEAR GROWTH 218%
INDUSTRY Food and beverage
PRESIDENT Neil Harfert, 56
THE COMPANY A fast casual barbecue restaurant.
BRIGHT SPOTS R&R BBQ has the meats — and the leadership, and the systems, and the quality, and the partnerships, and the growth. Founded by 9-time grand pit master champions Rod and Rodger Livingston, and armed with an investment from the Savory Fund, R&R’s slow-cooked goods have become fast favorites and grown to 13 locations across three states.
1. “Expand to 18 locations by the end of 2022.”
2. “Expand leadership team.”
3. “Refine new store opening processes to prepare for rapid growth.”
ADVICE “Invest in your people; pay up front for leadership talent and experience so that a strong plan and processes are developed at small-scale that will pay dividends as sales volumes scale.”
THE LIGHTBULB MOMENT “The infusion of capital from the Savory Fund; it validated the brand and the bright future we have.”
SHINING MOMENT “Opening two new markets despite the challenges Covid has presented.”