The Power 20

This year's 20 elite leaders of the restaurant industry

The Power 20

Casey Patten

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 Power 20


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...

The New York-based firm is one of the country’s biggest and best-known private-equity firms, and it has taken a keen interest in the restaurant business over the years.


Sam Fox’s Phoenix-based group has grown from a local leader to one gaining national attention. Since launching in 1998, it’s evolved to 15 concepts...

The owner of Burger King isn’t a frequent restaurant investor, but when it does make an investment, it goes big—and has a major impact on the restaurant market in the process.

Restaurant Business's annual Power 20 list highlights multiconcept operators with regional success that are shaping the restaurant industry.

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