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Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern

Number of locations: 23

Total company sales (millions): $63

Average unit volume (millions): $2.6

The growing concept from renowned operator Cameron Mitchell Restaurants launched online ordering at all of its restaurants in February. This furthers the brand’s digital prowess. Rusty Bucket offers e-gift cards and allows guests to instantly send a gift card in any amount from $5–$100 by email. They can be printed out or redeemed via mobile device at any location. Guests can also reserve for parties of seven or more and add parties of six or fewer to the waitlist through OpenTable at select locations. Additionally, Rusty Bucket is currently testing delivery at all of its restaurants. Rusty Bucket is a sister company within Cameron Mitchell’s celebrated group of restaurants, which includes Ocean Prime. A team of executive chefs directs the from-scratch menus at Rusty Bucket. Daily Blue Plates are a hit and include comfort-food options such as Shrimp Scampi and Beef Stroganoff. And true to its tavern vibe, there’s a stellar beverage program with craft cocktails and signature spirits and beer. Within five years the company anticipates growing to 40 locations. Fifteen of the locations are in Ohio. Four are located in Michigan. Colorado, Indiana, Florida, and North Carolina each have one.

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FSR Magazine, Danny Klein | March 16, 2018