About Frank Stocco
Principal and Lead Designer
Frank Stocco is the consultant and lead layout designer for National Restaurant Design, Inc.
Frank grew up in the Chicago area—one of North America’s restaurant capitals. With 40 years in the foodservice industry, starting as a pot washer, moving through the various job positions, then attended and graduated college from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where Frank learned "the love and art of cooking".
He had invaluable experience as head chef at high end French restaurants and country clubs. Frank then realized his dreams when he opened, owned and operated several successful restaurants: Geppetto’s in Oak Park, IL and Chicago; Frankie’s-To-Go Pizza Pasta and Ribs, and Frankie's Chicago-style Pizza in Minnesota: Maple Grove, New Hope, Chanhassen, Minnetonka and Spring Lake Park; Norman Quack’s Chop House in Forest Lake, MN.
With every foodservice experience, Frank’s passion grew for the design and space planning of foodservice venues. He sold his restaurants (which are still operating strong since as early as 1982); went to work in contract sales with U.S. Foodservice, and DeLucca’s; then started up his independent foodservice consulting and design company, National Restaurant Design, Inc, in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. Frank offices out of Fort Myers, FL also.
Frank Stocco has designed concepts and layouts for hundreds of restaurants, foodservice facilities, and franchises. His clients are new and seasoned restaurateurs. He builds design teams to include architects, food service equipment companies and interior designers to collaborate the best creatives required for the most efficient, economical food service design relative to the venue.
Frank doesn’t sell equipment—the goal is to help the client keep the project within the budget by careful planning, design and layout and proper equipment selection, strategically minimizing the chance for costly mistakes.
How does he make money? Frank Stocco charges by the square footage of the foodservice project in order to provide the drawings needed; he doesn't sell anything and he doesn't bill for time.