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Mr. Jody Pennette

Owner

Community Board 5

HQ Phone: (212) 465-0907

Community Board 5

450 Seventh Avenue Suite 2109

New York, New York 10123

United States

Company Description

Community Board Five has been involved in discussions about the Theatre Sub-District since the creation of the Broadway Initiative in the 1990's and the subsequent development rights transfers and zoning changes in the area. For the purposes of responding... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

CB5 Restaurant Group

Education



New York University

Web References (95 Total References)


The Cordish Companies

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But talking to Jody Pennette, the founder of CB5, is a confidence builder. He not only seems to understand the problems that many diners encounter in big-style restaurants - is this a lounge with a kitchen? - but how to find the right balance for each project. "We've found that there's a special balance in entertainment dining and that some people pump up the volume too much. It's hard to build a relationship with the guest if the atmosphere is intimidating or overwhelming."

Tatu is intended not as a late-night final destination but more as an evening starter, with the expectation that guests will move on to one of the dozens of bars within walking distance. "It's designed to light the fuse on your evening, but we have no plans to turn this into a club," says Pennette. "Tatu has no intention of being an all-night destination."
Style is definitely a part of the package here, but Pennette talks about how important the balance is: "People recognize that dining can be funny, spirited and sexy without sacrificing the quality of food."
Pennette is fun to talk to because he articulates perfectly the fuzzy ideas in your own head, making you feel smart for having them.


Development News

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The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will serve Japanese, traditional Chinese and French-Chinese cuisine, says Cb5 Owner Jody Pennette. The average check will run between $23 and $55, giving diners on a budget some flexibility with their wallets. The 120-seat restaurant will employ 50.

The company liked the Power Plant Live entertainment district because it already has a loyal following. "It's nice to have a built-in audience when you start," says Pennette, who hopes Tatu will draw new people to the area.
Power Plant Live's businesses include concert venue Rams Head Live, Ruth's Chris Steak House, nightclub Mosaic and Italian/Cajun eatery Two Boots, a recent addition.
Cb5 executives were also eager to work with the Cordish Co. again on another project. "They have this great knack for entertainment zones," Pennette says.
...
But the name didn't seem quite Asian enough, Pennette says. Then one day he saw a video on TV by, yep, you guessed it, Tatu, and thought that spelling was a bit more exotic.
Source: Jody Pennette, Tatu Writer: Julekha Dash


Development News

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The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will serve Japanese, traditional Chinese and French-Chinese cuisine, says Cb5 Owner Jody Pennette. The average check will run between $23 and $55, giving diners on a budget some flexibility with their wallets. The 120-seat restaurant will employ 50.

The company liked the Power Plant Live entertainment district because it already has a loyal following. "It's nice to have a built-in audience when you start," says Pennette, who hopes Tatu will draw new people to the area.
Power Plant Live's businesses include concert venue Rams Head Live, Ruth's Chris Steak House, nightclub Mosaic and Italian/Cajun eatery Two Boots, a recent addition.
Cb5 executives were also eager to work with the Cordish Co. again on another project. "They have this great knack for entertainment zones," Pennette says.
...
But the name didn't seem quite Asian enough, Pennette says. Then one day he saw a video on TV by, yep, you guessed it, Tatu, and thought that spelling was a bit more exotic.
Source: Jody Pennette, Tatu Writer: Julekha Dash


The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will ...

www.bmoremedia.com [cached]

The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will serve Japanese, traditional Chinese and French-Chinese cuisine, says Cb5 Owner Jody Pennette. The average check will run between $23 and $55, giving diners on a budget some flexibility with their wallets. The 120-seat restaurant will employ 50.

The company liked the Power Plant Live entertainment district because it already has a loyal following. "It's nice to have a built-in audience when you start," says Pennette, who hopes Tatu will draw new people to the area.
Power Plant Live's businesses include concert venue Rams Head Live, Ruth's Chris Steak House, nightclub Mosaic and Italian/Cajun eatery Two Boots, a recent addition.
Cb5 executives were also eager to work with the Cordish Co. again on another project. "They have this great knack for entertainment zones," Pennette says.
...
But the name didn't seem quite Asian enough, Pennette says. Then one day he saw a video on TV by, yep, you guessed it, Tatu, and thought that spelling was a bit more exotic.
Source: Jody Pennette, Tatu Writer: Julekha Dash


"It has a sexy, Latin feel ...

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"It has a sexy, Latin feel to it," said Jody Pennette, the chief executive of CB5, which owns 127 other eateries, including Riverside's Baang Cafe & Bar.

To add to the sexy feel, the 106-seat restaurant has waitresses making tableside margaritas and a deejay playing music from a mezzanine lounge, Pennette said.
"We were looking to create a playful place for adults," said Pennette, whose company leases the space from the Italian restaurant's former owner, Paolo Vitiello.
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The cuisine, which offers lobster enchiladas, slow-cooked brisket tacos and grilled corn, was developed in an attempt to depart from the Americanized Mexican food cliche of refried beans and melted cheese and create a "modern green market" fare, Pennette said.
"The point was to take a rather simple execution and make it with high-quality ingredients," he said.

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