Flipping restaurants

"Over the years I have created what I call the "Hank Formula" which raised David Burke's Bloomingdales business sales 25% while in place and now has proven itself again raising Sant Ambroeus in the West Village's sales 35% month over month."

Happy Staff + Hospitality + Guest Relations + Solid Food + Warmth = Success

- Hank Stampfl 

David Burke at Bloomingdales

The remodel for success

 Hank Stampfl, David Burke (Chef), Jean Marie Phillips (Designer) 

Hank Stampfl, David Burke (Chef), Jean Marie Phillips (Designer) 

David Burke Bloomingdales

This project was a full gut renovation of the original restaurant on its 10th year of business in the heart of Bloomingdales Flagship.  The concept was originally a burger hut but over time had a very run down image. Literally holes in chairs. I took over the project and with the incredible team of Burke's Corporate Office (at the time), we created a whole new concept and image. It was a blast.  Fresh, feminine, and fast! This was my first time really exploring my creativity to that level. To this day I walk by and see the curtains I picked out, the kitchen structure I created, uniforms I selected, and the lighting fixtures that I hung myself. PROUD!

David Burke, Chef/BLT Hospitality Group - "Hank turned David Burke Bloomingdales into a real restaurant......one with a smile". 




A touch of Elegance


Sant Ambroeus West Village

This was a dream project. I was dropped into a well established brand that has a star studded guest attendance.  My task was to bring all my Upper East Side fine dinning knowledge and apply it to this downtown village location. The transition took us about 4 months to fully establish, but once in place sales just flipped tremendously.  We added to the table top: wine glasses, double fork and knife, charge plates, beautiful flowers, and a gas lamp candle.  This applied with the incredible chef onsite it was a true success story!

Ramona Singer, Entrepreneur/Bravo Personality - "I love going to Hank's restaurants, he transforms them from boring beige to sophisticated and inviting".  

 Hank Stampfl 

Hank Stampfl 



Brand new opening

 Sofia Crokos (Owner), Chris Boubouris (Owner), Unknown (Blessing Restaurant), Hank Stampfl 

Sofia Crokos (Owner), Chris Boubouris (Owner), Unknown (Blessing Restaurant), Hank Stampfl 

Elaia Estiatorio

By far the most challenging and rewarding experience of my revision career. Opening a Hamptons restaurant in July is a challenge only a hero can take. I walked into this property as the sole employee and within two weeks had a full team in staff training. All built from scratch. Owner Sofia Crokos designed one of the most beautiful mediterranean rooms I have had the pleasure of working in.  My challenge was finding staff, training staff, tasting and plating, cocktail menu, and getting the doors open.  We succeeded. 

East Hampton Star / Laura Donnelly “What makes a successful restaurant out here; one that can last all year round?” I started to point around the room, “food like this, the little things like these flowers, the friendliness of the staff, warmth and hospitality, atmosphere. This. Just this.”


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