Growth Chains: Tom Douglas Restaurants

Growth Chains: Tom Douglas Restaurants

Seattle chef seizes opportunities to expand multiconcept empire

Chef-restaurateur Tom Douglas didn’t plan to double his restaurant holdings or open five new downtown Seattle operations in the span of two months.


But being presented with two opportunities from developer Vulcan Real Estate, potentially acquiring Amazon.com as a neighbor and needing a larger bakery sparked the ambitious expansion, which will take Tom Douglas Restaurants, or TDR, from six to 11 operations.


In February, Douglas, one of Seattle’s best-known chefs and

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