The Power 20

This year's 20 elite leaders of the restaurant industry

The Power 20

Brentwood Associates

The Los Angeles-based private-equity firm has been an active investor in growth chains.

The Power 20

Past Power 20 Lists

2015: DYNASTIESMeet the family dynasties leading restaurants into a new generation.The ZehndersThe JammetsThe BastianichsThe SnydersThe BridgemansThe...

Landry’s CEO Tilman Fertitta is among the biggest deal-makers in the restaurant industry.

When Martha Hoover opened Café Patachou in Indianapolis 27 years ago, her mission was about as simple as her minimally prepared dishes: run a restaurant she...

Panda Express founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng have been major benefactors of growing restaurants.

Kimpton has been developing concepts for its hotels since the company began in 1981. Rather than partnering with existing restaurants, as many hotels do,...

In 2016, the Canada-based concept collector bought the Arizona-based Kahala Brands, giving MTY its long-desired U.S. beachhead.

For many growth-minded restaurateurs, success is about national domination. But for others, being a game changer close to home is the greater reward. These...

Richard Sandoval learned the business from his restaurateur father. “He knew everything about what the restaurants used—how many pieces of bread, how...

Los Angeles-based Freeman Spogli had an active 2017, quickly buying the fast-casual chain Cafe Rio after selling another growth concept in First Watch.

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