Industry News | September 17, 2010

Gandolfo’s, Petro’s Ready for Atlanta

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Six Senses Hospitality Management Group LLC (6SHMG), an Atlanta-based foodservice consulting and development company, is bringing Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen and Petro’s Chili & Chips to Metro Atlanta. 6SHMG partners Michael Gainsley, Seth Salzman, and Ron Wolf announced the development deal with Gandolfo’s and Petro’s CEO, Dan Pool.

Gandolfo's offers a classic deli-style menu with items ranging from sandwiches to soups, salads, and desserts. Specialty sandwiches include the Rocky Balboa, Big Apple, Rockafella Ruben, and more.

Salzman, 6SHMG’s newest partner, will lead the effort. Salzman was a founding partner of Moe’s Southwest Grill and Raving Brands, where he held leadership roles at Moe’s, Boneheads, The Flying Biscuit Café, and Monkey Joe’s Parties & Play. After leaving Raving Brands, Salzman spent time with Stevi B’s Pizza before joining the Gandolfo’s and Petro’s parent company as senior vice president of operations.

"I haven't been this excited about the potential of a restaurant concept since my days at Moe's," Salzman says. "The difference is we are not another sandwich company like Moe's was not just another burrito brand. We have an opportunity to bring back the flavor, culture, and history of the New York deli through Gandolfo's. Having considered a number of other concepts to join in the last year, as Dan says, 'One bite and I was there.'"

“Petro’s is one of the most unique concepts to come along in years,” Salzman says. “Petro’s combines chili (meat or vegetarian), Fritos, cheeses, tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream in an easy-to-eat cup. Petro’s also offers Pasta Petros, the Petro Wrap, premium all beef hot dogs, baked potatoes, and Hint of Orange ice tea.”

“When I was given the opportunity to develop these two terrific brands in Georgia, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse," Salzman says. “We plan to open multiple locations of Gandolfo’s and Petro’s in the Metro Atlanta area as well sub-franchised locations throughout the state.”