STORY OF SUCCESS
Opening a business is a dream. It’s also a process. No one understands this better than Eddie Navarrette, a.k.a. “Fast Eddie.” Drawing on 19 years of experience nurturing entrepreneurs through the notorious red tape of the Los Angeles hospitality industry, Eddie and his team offer crucial assistance in getting the doors open on time.LEARN MORE ABOUT FAST EDDIE
THE SECRETS OF SUCCESS
Our clients are our inspiration. We’re proud to be a part of their individual journeys.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
“By attending city council meetings and escorting us to City Hall to stand up for what we were doing, Eddie’s personal touch and relationships with the city put us first in line to complete the job in record time."
Matt Poley, Heirloom LA
“I enjoyed working with FE Design because I felt that I could truly rely on them to help me get things done in the right way. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. They really care.”
Niki Nakayama , N/Naka
“FE Design not only absorbed the burden of navigating the city, they eliminated it. We told them how we wanted our business to run, and they enabled that and more. We are already laying the groundwork for our second concept.”
Michael Francesconi , Wolf & Crane
“We’ve worked with FE Design for years. Their ability to move projects forward has been an incredible asset to our business. An essential resource for anyone opening a restaurant in Los Angeles.”
Jessica Mortarotti , Founder, Carmela Ice Cream
“We are growing fast, so we need a partner that can move at our speed. Rumor says that FE stands for Fast Eddie, but the entire team is fast, effective, and extremely responsive.”
Rick Wetzel , Co-founder Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
"With there being so many aspects of opening a new business, it was a load off of our shoulders to just call Eddie and his team at FE Design and have them handle the permitting process with ease. This enabled us to put our focus on the creative elements of the bakery, while FE Design & Consulting handled the back and forth with the city and health department. "
Lisa Olin, Cake Monkey Bakery
“I have nothing but high praise for Eddie, Leandra and the rest of the team at FE Design. They not only helped sort through the complicated nature of my specific plan revisions in a timely manner, I was literally blown away by their outstanding customer service and advocacy. I feel so utterly fortunate to have worked with them and plan on using their services for all of my future projects.”
Judy Han, Eko Eats
"As a first time restaurant owner, the process of CUB and the rest of the permitting was daunting to us, but Eddie and his team at FE made it easy. We opened with all of our permits, and all questions answered. I don't know if we could have done the opening without FE."
Ted Hopson, The Bellwether
"I've used Eddie, Manny and his team at FE since 2008. They've helped me open 3 restaurants starting from scratch, navigate all the departments: Health, LADBS, ABC and most important keeping all personal stress/worries to an absolute minimum. They're growing bigger by the day, but still have that small business feeling. That's what I like and that's why I'll continue to use them. Total pros. "
Jay Batten, Garage Pizza & Jay's Bar
"Navigating the confusing, contradicting and somewhat capricious maze of city and state regulations and agencies when building and opening a restaurant in Los Angeles can be like competing on American Ninja Warrior for the first time, blindfolded. Having Eddie and his team on your side takes a lot of the sting out of it. 5 star yelp review."
Andy Ricker - Pok Pok
"FE Design's team allowed us to focus on our project and put our mind at ease answering any questions as well as addressing concerns we had. They understand the needs of small business and know how to expedite projects even in the many layers of permitting, plan checks and inspections. It was truly a pleasure to work with them!"
Alex Morales - Civil Coffee
"Fast Eddie is a municipal magician. He has been my go-to guy for years for all things permitting. Whether I need a quick answer about a location I’m eying or I need someone to dive in the trenches with me to get a space permitted, designed, and opened as quickly as possible, Eddie is my guy. I don’t know how he gets everything through that he does, and frankly I’m not sure I want to know. "
Zack Pollack from Alimento & Cosa Buona
"While moving my liquor store to a new location, FE Design provided me the wisdom to navigate all of the burdens that were placed in front of me. From location plans to the CUB, to mitigating issues with the Health Department at final inspection, FE Design afforded me the confidence to work my way through the process."
Joe Keeper from Bar Keeper
"If you’re thinking of opening a bar or restaurant in Los Angeles save yourself a ton of money and a whole lotta time and hire the crew at FE Design. It is possible to do it on your own but it’s a puzzle and the hoops and timeline the city makes you go through are specific and torturous. It took us 13 months to open Walt’s and we couldn’t have done it without them."
Jeff Johnson from Walt’s Bar @ 4680 Eagle Rock Blvd
"Eddie and his team at FE Design are lifesavers. I've worked with them on 5 + projects and each time they've been fast, reliable and able to cut through the red tape and make things happen. I count him as a valuable advisor in everything licenses/permits/restaurants."
Josef Centeno from Bäco Mercat - Bar Amá - Orsa & Winston
“Fast Eddie” has been a pleasure to work with, not only does he understand the current codes and requirements off the top of his head but he also considers the design of the restaurant and overall flow. It's very important to us at Howlin to bridge functionality and feel as we had a very small space to work with. Eddie and team have accomplished that for us with store #1 and we will be using him for store #2.”