First Watch CEO Chris Tomasso wins operator of the year honors from IFMA

The full-service veteran was named this year's winner of the Gold Plate award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA).


The restaurant business has produced its share of criminals, including these

Restaurant Rewind: Here's why several prominent chain CEOs got a firsthand exposure to prison foodservice.

A one-time East Coast Navy man trained to sink submarines, he found success in the Midwest selling another sort of sub.

The Bottom Line: Howard Schultz needed just one bad quarter to make public his displeasure with the coffee shop chain. But the stage was set for that two years ago.

Deno has spent 12 years with the Outback Steakhouse owner including the past five as CEO. The company's board is searching for his replacement.

Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze also took home the prestigious G.D. Crain Jr. award for his contributions to business media over the course of his career.

The Chicago-based multi-concept group is growing nationally, with new concepts coming this year to New York City, New Jersey and Phoenix.

At the Restaurant Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, leaders of Puttshack, Pinstripes, Alamo Drafthouse and the new Joy Trade platform shared their plans for growth.

Restaurant Rewind: The conference has grown from a few hundred attendees to several thousands, without losing the uniqueness of those early days. Here's what's in its DNA.

The sub shop CEO, in accepting the 2024 Restaurant Leader of the Year award, said he just hasn’t received the right offer yet for the fast-growing chain.

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