Everyone involved in the deal recalls it wasn’t the easiest one to sell – at least on the front end.
But after a string of calls, emails and attempts to spark an interest in Sioux Falls, Hegg Companies convinced Twin Cities restauranteur Kam Talebi to make a visit west.
“Once I sort of saw what Sioux Falls was, I think they had me at, ‘Hello.’ ” said Talebi, the CEO of Minneapolis-based Kaskaid Hospitality, which owns Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar as well as several other restaurant brands.
“We decided to pursue a very aggressive conversation on how quickly we can do this and bring Crave to market, which has been incredibly successful for all of us.”
Crave opened in the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown six months ago and has been enough of a success that Talebi is working on more partnerships with Hegg and considering bringing another Kaskaid brand to Sioux Falls.
And he’s not the only Twin Cities restaurant owner sold on the market.
Crooked Pint Ale House, which is part of the new Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at Elmwood Golf Course, also is based in Minneapolis.
Other restaurants based in the Twin Cities area have looked, too.
“I’ve been working with a Twin Cities restaurant group for the last seven years,” said Scott Blount, a commercial broker with Lloyd Cos.
“They’re a well-known group trying to find a location in Sioux Falls. We’ve been close a couple different times, but for one reason or another the deals have fallen apart. But they like the Sioux Falls market and want to enter the Sioux Falls market. It would be a very popular restaurant here.”