Leaders

Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry

News of Chef Paul Prudhomme’s death last week shook the restaurant industry—and particularly the New Orleans culinary scene, for which the chef and his French Quarter restaurant, K-Paul’s Louisiana...

The legendary chef had been more engaged for the last 25 years in building a spice supply business than he had been in running his restaurant, but his influence continues to be felt in kitchens...

Michael Mina has built an empire operating higher-end restaurants. But the next concept on tap for him is a bit different than the rest. In fact, it didn’t start out as a restaurant at all. “We were...

Why Quiroz? “If Gini represents the next generation of leadership, we are all in amazing and capable hands,” says Joni Doolin, CEO and founder of workforce-data firm TDN2K. Quiroz, 33, heads up...

Was there a mistake in the early days that proved a particularly valuable lesson? Oh lord, there are so many things. Probably the biggest mistake was trying to do what we did with no money. I...

Jerry Murrell was too convulsed with laughter to answer the question: Had he made any memorable mistakes in the early days of Five Guys Burgers and Fries? “You’re kidding, right?” responds the 71-...

Many Future 50 chains from years past have continued to grow, some faster than others. Some have new blood in leadership positions, while a number have stuck with their founders or original partners...

Any mistake in your past that stands out now as a key learning experience? I made an acquisition [pre-ABRH] and underestimated the liquidity needed for the business to be sustainable. I was...

His charge: Steering a holding company with five brands (Village Inn, Bakers Square, Max & Erma’s, O’Charley’s, Ninety Nine) encompassing 700 restaurants in 42 states Company's area of...

Among the pieces of free advice offered on the first official day of the NRA Show were recommendations from a panel of fast-casual chain executives on fostering leadership. Here are some of the...

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