San Diego-based Jaime Partners recently finished building two new restaurants.
The first is a sushi restaurant in downtown San Diego for celebrity chef Kevin Roberts, called Kamikaze 7.
The 2,000-square-foot eatery is considered an edgy, non-traditional sushi restaurant with a real scorpion roll on the menu, and samurai sword chandeliers inside the establishment.
Jaime Partners completed the project in five months with a team that included Jennifer Bolyn’s architecture firm EOS Architecture and New York-based designer Greg Okshetyn and his design firm Studio GO Inc.
The second eatery completed by Jaime Partners is for celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, who is opening his second Searsucker restaurant in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The 9,000-square-foot eatery was built and designed like the original one in San Diego.
In order to recreate Searsucker's "new American classic" concept, the same Jaime Partners artistic designer, Thomas Schoos, was brought in for the Scottsdale location.
Architectural firm Ocio Design Group and general contractor West America Arizona LLC also were part of the project team.
Jaime Partners also managed and completed the first Searsucker project in 2010.
As the program manager for the second location, Jaime Partners provided design development and construction management services, completing the entire Searsucker project in six months.
“Searsucker’s social dining concept quickly dominated the restaurant industry in San Diego, and we are confident that it will do the same in Arizona,” said Alfredo Jaime, partner and co-founder of Jaime Partners.
The construction management firm is also finishing up a 7,000-square-foot Searsucker establishment in Austin, Texas that is scheduled to open in June.
The firm was recently awarded a project for Seaport Village's new Terramar retail space, which will feature shopping and dining options.
It will be located at the Old Police Headquarters facility located on West Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway.
The firm is working with Puesto for its second restaurant, which will be part of the new retail center.
Jaime, along with Jaime Partners co-founder Rodolfo Farber, said they are striving to get 20 percent of their work from the public sector in the next two years.
It’s an area through which they hope to grow their portfolio with schools, parks and projects that are needed in various communities.
“You get older and you want to help, so that’s one way of doing that,” Farber said. “So we are working to get our state and federal certifications for public work.”
Jaime, noting that food and beverage projects is their forte, said one way to get into school construction is to be on the team that programs and develops cafeterias.
The project management firm has worked on the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, contributing in the design and management process.
With the company venturing into the public sector, Jaime Partners is revitalizing the business development department.
“The economy is getting better, so we need to start looking and hunt to see what else is out there,” Farber said.
Jaime said approximately 70 percent of the firm's work comes from referrals or previous partnerships.
“Our idea here is to be more like team members for the client,” Farber said, of the 13-year-old company.