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Food & Drink Industry Partnerships

Eat & Drink Leasing: Partnering for Success

Brookfield Properties Retail Group partners with food and drink brands of all sizes, helping them reach hungry new audiences. Meet some of the partners who have launched or expanded with our team, and imagine your own business growing – whether through a seasonal pop-up, an inline restaurant or a food hall residency.

Shake Shack

Although Shake Shack is known today as a national burgers-and-shakes sensation, it began as a single hot dog cart in in Manhattan's Madison Square Park in 2004. As founder Daniel "Danny" Meyer expanded the business, part of his growth strategy was to open new locations at select retail properties along the East Coast.

Today, Brookfield Properties Retail Group hosts Shake Shack locations at Bridgewater Commons, Perimeter Mall, The Mall in Columbia, and most recently at Staten Island Mall. There, a focused redevelopment strategy has set the stage for businesses to thrive in new ways.

“We are always in search of distinctive community gathering places. Staten Island Mall is a bustling retail destination to bring our modern roadside burger stand. We’re thrilled to open our first Staten Island Shack and provide the local community a fun place for to gather with family and friends.”

- Andrew McCaughan, VP of Development at Shake Shack

2004
Year Founded

4
Brookfield Properties Retail Group locations

Carlo's Bakery

Featured on TLC’s Cake Boss and known for its delicious pastries and desserts, Carlo’s Bakery is a family-owned, nationally-recognized bakery dedicated to quality and excellence. Originally opened in 1910 and acquired by Bartolo Valastro Sr. in 1964, the bakery was passed in 1994 to Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro Jr. along with his sisters Grace, Maddalena, Mary and Lisa and the family matriarch, Mary Valastro.

In the years since, Buddy and his family have grown the business, sharing their confections with countless devoted fans. They've been featured in numerous publications and appeared on the Food Network, in Modern Bridge and in The Knot. Part of their success has been due to physical expansion into new markets.

Working with Brookfield Properties Retail Group, Carlo’s Bakery has been able to expand the brand outside of the East Coast, introducing bakeries in Las VegasHoustonSan Antonio and Frisco. This unique partnership also created the first Carlo’s Bakery Kiosk, as well as a location offering a full-service Buddy V’s Ristorante experience alongside a Carlo’s Bakery.

1910
Year founded

11
Brookfield Properties Retail Group
 locations

2
Concept innovations

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

From humble beginnings as a family-run butcher shop and deli that opened in 1979, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has now become one of the country’s premier, award-winning steakhouses. Brookfield Properties Retail Group is proud to be part of this history of success.

Our leasing team worked with Perry’s to identify the best real estate for their brand, resulting in six of their current 14 steakhouses becoming part of Brookfield Properties Retail Group centers throughout the country, including in two new markets–Colorado and Chicago.


“Brookfield Properties Retail Group (formerly known as GGP) features first-class developments offering high visibility with strong regional appeal and a premium shopping experience. Our team especially enjoys a strong relationship with the Leasing team in identifying the best real estate for our brand...”

- Chris Perry, founder and owner of Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

1979
Year founded

6
Brookfield Properties Retail Group locations

2
New markets acquired

Yard House

Established in Long Beach, CA in 1996, Yard House began as a pioneer in the budding craft beer revolution, opening its first restaurant with 250 taps. In the nearly two decades since, Yard House has grown to 66 restaurants nationwide, including nine within Brookfield Properties Retail Group's portfolio. 

Those nine locations have helped to expand Yard House's reach and grow the establishment's fanbase. From Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge, California to Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Florida, visitors continue to discover the world’s largest selection of craft beer and over 100 items made from scratch daily. 

1996
Year founded

9
Brookfield Properties Retail Group locations

Maggie McFly's

With over 180 menu items prepared from scratch, Maggie McFly's creates a unique dining experience built around locally sourced ingredients, all-natural and humanely raised meats and hand-crafted artisanal cocktails. Our Leasing team partnered with Maggie McFly's to determine key areas of opportunity for expansion.

The partnership has resulted in two of Maggie's six locations opening in Brookfield Properties Retail Group centered positioned in the American Northeast (Lynnhaven Mall and The Shoppes at Buckland Hills). Located in popular retail hubs within key markets, the eateries enjoy increased exposure for their fresh, inventive menu and dedication to community support and environmental responsibility.


"[Brookfield Properties Retail Group (formerly known as GGP)] has been a great partner in helping Maggie McFly's launch our brand into a new and exciting market. The lease process was efficient and fair leaving time to focus on the implementation of realizing our goals. The professionalism shown from the Leasing Team to the Tenant Coordinators was outstanding and we look forward to working with them on future projects."

- Ray Harper, founder and owner of Maggie McFly's

1993
Year founded

2
Brookfield Properties Retail Group locations


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