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About Ken Schimpf

Ken Schimpf is the founder of KDS Consulting & Design, Inc., a firm specializing in commercial foodservice design and consultation. With 30 years experience in the foodservice industry, he has been involved in virtually every area of operations, both front and back-of the-house. This practical background is utilized in optimizing efficiency in all of his designs. Prior to creating KDS, Mr. Schimpf was Director of Design at Pascoe-Jacobs Associates, Inc. (formerly Howard Pascoe Associates). He was a principal of the firm, which he joined in 1996. As Director of Design, Ken helped develop Pascoe-Jacobs as the premier design/build firm in New York City.

Among his more significant projects: The Carlton Hotel, Blue Smoke, various venues for Bobby Flay (New York and Las Vegas), Nougatine, at Jean Georges, Ritz-Carlton @ Battery Park, and Buddha Bar (all in New York City); Stone Barns core and shell analysis (banquet, restaurant, and cafe facilities for a Hudson Valley Cultural Center developed by David Rockefeller) and Hotel Condesa in Mexico City.

His operational experience includes positions as Beverage Manager of the Essex House Hotel in New York; Beverage Manager of the Double Tree Hotel-North Park in Dallas, Texas; Manager of the Hudson River Club in New York; Assistant Director of the SeaGrill, where he managed the largest American wine list in New York, and General Manager of Caroline's for Comedy in New York.

It is Ken's experience in a wide variety of concepts and his deep understanding of the restaurant as a whole that fuels his creative approach to solutions. His commitment to exceed the client's expectations provides the basis for each project's success. 

Additionally, his complete independence and un-affiliation assures no hidden agenda; that the integrity of each design remains intact, and that his consultation to the project is completely objective.




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