Case Studies

Learn how Ira has put his industry expertise to work to bring his clients profitable results.

Mel’s Drive-In: A Hollywood Presence for an American Icon

Steven Weiss, the owner of the high-profile and extremely popular Mel’s Drive-In chain, wanted a location in Hollywood, but had been unable to find the right situation. He needed high visibility, easy access, and the ability to operate profitably for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and throughout the evening. He turned to Ira Spilky & Associates to get the job done

Coby Keller, Esq.: Helping a Client Get a Fair Price

Attorney Coby Keller was representing a restaurant tenant in a landlord-tenant dispute. The landlord was insisting on buying his tenant out of the property, but was not offering a price the client felt was reasonable. The attorney asked Ira Spilky to use his restaurant appraisal expertise to determine a fair market/valuation price for the business that all could agree on.

Greg Ryan: Saving an Attorney’s Client from Landlord Misrepresentation

Attorney Greg Ryan was representing a celebrity client who, through his entertainment management company, had entered into an agreement to create a Mexican restaurant with dancing and music. Greg’s client had agreed to the lease without representation, and had gotten himself into an extremely difficult situation, due in large degree to misrepresentation on the part of the property’s landlord. Greg Ryan retained Ira Spilky to investigate the property, the lease, and the history of the negotiations, prepare a report, and testify as an expert witness

The Arba Group: Laurel Promenade

The Arba Group is a major real estate and shopping center development firm based in Los Angeles, CA. The company was developing Laurel Promenade, an upscale two-level strip shopping center in Studio City, CA. Arba had retained commercial realtors CB Richard Ellis to find tenants for the new mall. The mall had four restaurant spaces to fill. In order to ensure those spaces would be leased by high-quality, fully qualified restaurants, CB Richard Ellis turned to Ira Spilky for his restaurant industry expertise and his extensive client base.

Mulholland Drive: Developing a Concept and Prototype with Wheels

Restaurateur Bill Casey came to Ira Spilky with a great idea. The concept was Mulholland Drive, a casual dining restaurant and entertainment spot focuing on classic cars, music and culture of the 50’s and 60’s. Bill called on the expertise of Ira Spilky & Associates to develop a business plan that could be used to attract investors and to help turn the idea into a reality

The Knitting Factory Jazz Club: New York Cool Makes the Scene in LA

Michael Dorf, the owner of the successful Knitting Factory Jazz Club in New York, wanted to expand his business to Los Angeles. He had been looking for almost two years, when he was introduced to Ira Spilky & Associates by one of Ira’s satisfied clients. Michael wanted a low-key “back door” night club with plenty of character, a site that might approximate the SOHO atmosphere of his New York establishment.

Global Dining, Inc.: Tokyo Comes to Beverly Hills

Global Dining, Inc. is a multi-million dollar Japanese restaurant management company with 50 restaurants, under 12 brand names, operating successfully in Japan, with two in Los Angeles. The company wanted to bring their Gonpachi concept, a premier Asian fusion/sushi restaurant in Japan, to Southern California. Global Dining, Inc. President and CEO Kozo Hasagawa turned to Ira Spilky & Associates to perform a site search for a restaurant real estate purchase and to help create a detailed development plan.

Mastro’s Restaurants

Mastro’s Restaurants is an Arizona-based company that operates restaurants under four brands, including Mastro’s Steak House, The Ocean Club, Maloney’s Irish Pub and Cocomo Joe’s. Owner Mike Mastro wanted to open an up-scale Mastro’s Steak House in Southern California. A satisfied Ira Spilky & Associates client introduced Mike to Ira, who immediately went to work