A 17-year industry veteran, Jessica Curtis is the co-leader of CBRE’s Restaurant Specialty Practice for the United States, with a focus on emerging concepts.
Ms. Curtis has spent the last decade of her career navigating the national real estate landscape on behalf of up-and-coming restaurant brands with a decided and deliberate focus on hip, cool emerging neighborhoods. Her passion lies in the strategic growth and nurturing of emerging restaurant brands that have their sights set on an expanded regional or national presence. Her exclusive representation for Barteca Restaurants, the parent company to Bartaco and Barcelona Wine Bar has taken her to nearly every major market from Boston to Miami and Dallas to Denver. Ms. Curtis has been responsible for Barteca’s real estate since 2008 and has arrange for upwards of forty-five locations for the company. She continues her real estate role under the ownership of DFRG, Inc., who purchased Barteca for $325M in 2018. She has completed transactions or consulted on behalf of such notable restaurant groups as Del Frisco’s Grille, Shake Shack, Postino, Mexicue, B&B Hospitality, Caffe Nero, Hawkers, Little Beet, Melt Shop, Fields Good Chicken and The Meatball Shop.
Ms. Curtis began her career with visionary Sheldon Gordon, the creator of The Forum Shops in Las Vegas and quickly became fluent in shopping center development with a specialization in entertainment destinations and casino-based environments. Following her time at Gordon Group, Ms. Curtis was recruited by Retail Portfolio Solutions, a luxury retail real estate consulting firm based in Newport Beach, CA. Select RPS clients during her tenure included St. John, Escada, Burberry, Scoop, Santa Maria Novella, Judith Ripka and Vilebrequin. Landlord clients included Kemper Development, The Nasher Family and The Irving Company.
On the landlord side, Ms. Curtis is well-versed in the creation and execution of merchandising strategies for new development and properties in need of Food & Beverage repositioning. She has worked with an array of landlords including SL Green, RXR, Blackstone, Forest City Enterprises, Building & Land Technology and Rockefeller Group. Given her diverse background, Ms. Curtis brings a special appreciation for both sides of the table in any negotiation and prides herself on creating strong relationships between both tenant and landlord.
Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Curtis was a Senior Managing Director for Newmark Knight Frank.
|Barcelona Wine Bar
||1622 14th Street, Washington DC
||282 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL
||1340 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT
|Hawkers Asian Street Fare
||640 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL
|Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
||240 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA
|The Meatball Shop
||1720 14th Street, Washington, DC
||15 Harbor Point Road, Stamford, CT
Top Retail Broker - Co-Star Power Broker award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Named “40 Under 40” by the Fairfield County Business Journal 2015
NGKF’s Top Producers 2015, 2017
The International Council of Shopping Centers
New England Culinary Group, a restaurant consultancy group
- The State University of New York in Purchase; Bachelor of Arts in Media, Society & the Arts. Graduated with Magna Cum Laude