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Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers Inc. Completing Work on New T.G. I. Friday’s in the Bronx, N.Y.

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (June 1, 2009) -- Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers Inc. is completing architecture, design and structural engineering services for a new 7,300-square-foot T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant at 1780 Gun Hill Rd. in the Bronx, N.Y., on behalf of the Briad Group of Livingston, N.J.

The firm also collaborated with Vornado Realty Trust, the owner of the strip center in which the restaurant pad is located.

The 330-seat restaurant, which is due to be completed next month, is one of 860 T.G.I. Friday’s located in 47 states and 60 countries. T.G.I. Friday’s is the original casual dining chain in the United States, having opened its first restaurant in 1965 at First Avenue and 63rd Street on New York’s Upper East Side.

Jarmel Kizel, based in Livingston, N.J., has provided architecture and design services for about 20 T.G.I. Friday’s locations in the states of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, California and Arizona for the Briad Group, which is one of the nation’s fastest-growing hospitality companies.

Briad is the largest T.G.I. Friday’s franchise operator, with 68 locations. In addition, the company owns and operates 43 Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburger restaurants and is currently developing Marriott and Hilton hotels.

“Our work for T.G.I. Friday’s reflects our emphasis on client service and repeat business,” said Irwin Kizel, AIA, a principal at Jarmel Kizel. “We have had a long and successful relationship in the rollout of these restaurants and we are pleased to be working on yet another assignment on behalf of Briad and T.G.I. Friday’s.”

As at the other locations, Jarmel Kizel adapted the franchisor’s prototype to local conditions. In addition, Jarmel Kizel managed the entitlement and site plan approval processes. The firm also provided structural engineering for a micro-pile foundation after assessing both conventional and unconventional approaches to soil conditions prior to finalizing the design.

Jarmel Kizel is known for its work on rollouts, which refers to the implementation of a prototype design at multiple locations. The firm has completed rollout assignments in 18 states for office and retail clients including The Learning Experience, Ellen Tracy, Villa Pizza, Casa Java, Smith Barney and Weichert Realtors.

Jarmel Kizel is a full-service architecture and engineering firm, serving as the single source for all of a company’s facility needs, including site analysis, civil engineering, base building architectural design, interior design, engineering, relocation management and product procurement management.

About Jarmel Kizel Architects & Engineers, Inc.
Headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers, Inc. is a full-service integrated architecture, engineering, interior design and energy consulting firm serving a distinguished client base of commercial and residential real estate companies, and a myriad of corporations throughout the Northeast.  The company employs registered architects, interior designers, professional engineers, LEED-AP professionals and technical support personnel that provide clients with a single source for all of their facility needs from architectural design, interior design, structural, MEP and civil engineering, to energy solutions and product procurement management services.  For more information, contact the company’s Livingston headquarters at 973.994.9669 or visit