Staff Spotlight: Traditional Holiday Treats with a Twist

Meet Stephen, Our Pastry Chef

Born into a southern family with generations of history in the baking industry, our pastry chef, Stephen, knows a thing or two about holiday treats. When we started planning our specials menus for December, Stephen decided to share a couple of his favorite and most memorable family recipes with us.


Rum Raisin Spice Cake

Rum raisins, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and molasses combine to make this sweet and spicy holiday dessert. The cake is baked and served in a skillet and is topped with a hard brandy sauce that slowly melts into the cake as it warms up. This cake has always been one of Stephen’s favorites at Christmas time. – URBANBrew and BBQ



Graham Cracker Christmas Cake

This is a unique Christmas cake that Stephen’s Grandmother used to make every year. Later, his mother continued the special tradition. Despite owning their own bakery, this cake was never sold to customers. It was reserved only for family. This year, Stephen decided to share his secret recipe so that patrons at URBAN Comfort could enjoy this one-of-a-kind treat. – URBAN Comfort

If you get a chance to stop in to try our specials this month, remember to save room for dessert!

URBAN Perks: Our Gift To You

At URBAN Restaurants Group, we feel strongly that our customers, community, and staff are our greatest assets and we strive to provide an environment that encourages engagement, growth, and appreciation. We couldn’t have made it where we are today without our loyal customers. As a “thank you” to all who have supported us over the years, we’re pleased to announce the rollout of our brand new URBAN Perks loyalty program!

Loyalty Pays

Joining the URBAN Perks program is easy. You just sign up when you’re checking out the next time you dine with us at URBAN Comfort, URBAN Brew and BBQ, or URBAN Creamery. Your server can help if you have any questions. Once you’re signed up, you’ll start earning points every time you dine at one of our URBAN Restaraunt Group locations. One dollar is equal to one point. Later, you can apply your earned points towards future meals. It’s that simple!

Plus, to celebrate, we’re offering 25 bonus points for joining! Just tell your server you want to join URBAN Perks and they’ll get you set up the next time you visit.

See you then! And thanks again for your support and loyalty.

We appreciate you!

Entrepreneurial Chef Magazine Article

Recently, URBAN Restaurants Group founder, Andy Salyards, had the opportunity to chat with Entrepreneurial Chef Magazine staff writer Jenna Rimensnyder about his unique take on the restaurant industry and his vision for his popular URBAN chain located in the Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida area. After opening four locations in as many years, it’s fair to say that Andy’s plate has been more than full.

In the article, which starts on page 23 of the September issue, Andy shares the motivations behind his decision to become a restauranteur as well as his goals for creating change within the industry by providing quality scratch-made food and focusing on the development of people and communities.

Integrity is the driving force behind the URBAN Restaurant chain, which currently includes URBAN Brew and BBQ, URBAN Comfort Restaurant and Brewery, URBAN Deli and Drafts, and URBAN Creamery. Read the full article to learn more about the growth and mission of the URBAN family of restaurants.

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