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CBT Commercial Real Estate Case Study

Ele and The Chef. 


With over 30 years of experience, CBT Commercial knows commercial real estate — and they know Savannah. 

Cora Bett Thomas Commercial Realty does more than just help you find a good space to open your business. The team at CBT Commercial work to develop a lasting relationship that positively affects every part of the process of purchasing or leasing commercial properties. These relationships not only benefit you as a potential buyer or tenant, but also as an owner of commercial property.

Nobody can attest to the strength of this relationship more than locally-renowned restaurant group Ele and The Chef. The restaurant scene is Savannah is always changing, but there is one thing that always stays the same, and that is the presence of Ele and the Chef. Informally known as the Savannah’s First Family of Asian cuisine, husband and wife duo Ele and Sean Tran have worked tirelessly to make their mark on Savannah. The Trans own no less than seven different restaurants across Savannah. Although each of them have a markedly Asian influence as a nod to the Trans’ heritage, each restaurant has its own unique personality. 

This husband and wife team has been on a tear recently opening over 4 restaurants in Savannah in the last several years. Each restaurant is popular with both Savannah locals and visitors alike. And for each new space, Ele and Sean Tran have turned to Cora Bett Thomas Commercial Realty.

CBT Commercial began working with Ele and The Chef by first researching not just the local Savannah restaurant scene, but by also taking into account the concept of the restaurant the Trans were looking to open. CBT Commercial worked with the Trans to determine what would be an ideal location in Savannah for each restaurant that was to be launched. Our commercial real estate team was instrumental in helping put together the pieces for Chive and Flying Monk, both located in the heart of downtown Savannah at Broughton and Bull Streets.

“David did a phenomenal job of helping us find the perfect restaurant space. CBT Commercial is who I call for help with all of our projects.”

Ele Tran, Ele and the Chef Restaurant Group

Next, the CBT Commercial team helped the Trans with the daunting process of occupying commercial property by setting up meetings with property owners and management companies, aiding in negotiations, and reviewing paperwork. Not only does CBT Commercial have a stellar team of agents, we also have a network of qualified contractors, contacts and specialized attorneys. This means that at each part of your commercial property process, a CBT Commercial team member is working to make sure that you, like the Trans, are getting the space that you want and for the best price. 

The team at CBT Commercial also worked with the Trans in navigating processes with the City of Savannah, including obtaining all required permits for construction/renovation and parking, and also working with the Health Department. Our over 30 years of experience and contacts are invaluable in keeping your project moving along and opening on time.

Finally, CBT Commercial continues to work with the Trans after their first partnership by leveraging local connections to assist the Trans in facilitating a positive relationship with the Savannah Downtown Business Association, leadership groups and potential collaborators and neighbors within our network. As a result, the Trans saw not just a positive reception from customers, but also one from the community. Today, the Trans are a beloved fixture of Savannah culture and cuisine, and continue to work closely with CBT Commercial for their commercial property needs. The ongoing relationship that Ele and The Chef has developed with Cora Bett Thomas Commercial Realty isn’t the exception, it’s the standard for how the agents approach each and every client. 

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