The Power 20

This year's 20 elite leaders of the restaurant industry

The Power 20

The Power 20: Emerging Leaders

For this year’s Power 20 list, RB sought to recognize the next wave of great restaurant leaders. We gathered nominations from current executives and did some groundwork of our own to identify these 20 standouts, whose careers are on the rise thanks to their accomplishments across many areas of the business.

The Power 20

Power 20

It’s rare for a new menu item to reverse the fortunes of a restaurant brand in the way that zucchini noodles did for Noodles & Co. last summer.

In Chicago’s competitive dining scene, it takes more than good food to be the name on both foodies’ and fellow restaurateurs’ lips. It takes a...

The San Francisco-based private-equity firm launched its middle-market and growth-equity platform, called TPG Growth, in 2007; it has recently become one of the more active investors in the country with holdings such as Airbnb and Spotify—as well as a major player in the restaurant space.

Maybe you saw the pictures of President Obama hosting a roundtable dubbed the “sandwich summit” at Taylor Gourmet back in 2012? Or heard about him...

The private-equity group has been relatively quiet in recent years, despite the currently active state of the merger and acquisition environment in the restaurant industry.

Richard MelmanChicago, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises“There are a few: The Boka Restaurant Group with Kevin Boehm, Rob Katz and team and One Off...

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sun Capital has been pretty quiet of late, making few moves to buy new concepts. Still, it remains a major investor in the industry.

Jose Andres transitioned from high-end chef to business-minded restaurateur with ThinkFoodGroup. Granted, he's still a cook, but he often trades in his chef...

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