FALL 2018 Operators: List updated weekly as registrations come through
Boddie Noell EnterprisesLaura Joyner Director Product Development / QA
Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc. (BNE) is a diversified, third generation family-owned company engaged primarily in restaurant operation and land development headquartered in Rocky Mount, NC. The company is the largest privately held franchise operator of Hardee's restaurants with more than 330 restaurants located in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Kentucky. BNE Land & Development Co. has resorts, residential and commercial developments completed or underway in NC and VA. Rose Hill Plantation is a 250-year-old historic (Boddie Family) landmark and upscale special-event facility located near Rocky Mount, NC. The Highway Diner is located in Rocky Mount, NC. Our motto: "We Believe In People" is more than a motto, it's a set of values that form the foundation upon which our business was built and the way we conduct ourselves each and every day.
Bojangles'Tracy Franks Senior Supply Chain Manager
Jessica Glass Senior Manager of Research & Development
Bojangles’ Restaurants began as the dream of Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas, two veteran restaurant operators who predicted rising consumer demand for good food served in a quick-service environment. They based their concept on three attributes: distinctive flavor, high-quality products made-from-scratch, and a festive restaurant design with friendly service. And in 1977, their dream became a reality in the form of the first Bojangles’ restaurant in Charlotte, NC.
CraftWorks Restaurants & BreweriesStan Frankenthaler Chief Officer of F&B, Brewing & Strategic Supply
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., is the nation’s leading operator and franchisor of brewery and craft beer-focused casual dining restaurants. We operate a combined total of over 200 restaurants, brewery restaurants, and entertainment venues, in 40 states across the US. The company is headquartered in Broomfield Colorado with an additional Restaurant Support Office (RSO) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 3 largest brands operated by CraftWorks include Old Chicago Pizza & Tap Room, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants. CraftWorks employs more than 10,000 team members and is the largest operator of brewery restaurants with more than 70 locations serving beer that is brewed on-site.
Dunkin' BrandsKaty Latimer VP Culinary Innovation
Dunkin' Brands Inc. is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. The Dunkin' Brands 100% franchise global business model includes more than 11,700 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts.
Food+ by CompassGreg Fatigati Research & Innovation Chef
We are Food+ by Compass, a team of skilled culinarians, managers, foodservice operators and subject matter experts crafting food experiences that fuel big ideas at one of the world’s major tech companies. The Food+ by Compass team does it all – cafes serving thousands of meals daily, high-concept spaces with inventive offerings, specialty catering service, craft coffee bars, and so much more. In our unique setting, we truly do think of food as an experience – and as a vital component of our client’s workplace. The Food+ team’s care and creativity help spark innovation, connection, and community, whether we’re putting on a special pop-up event, leading hands-on cooking classes, or simply chatting with a guest while preparing their morning cappuccino.
Garden Fresh RestaurantsSydney Thorburn Director Fresh Procurement
Our story begins in San Diego. In 1978, a couple of surfer dudes had a vision. What if you created a restaurant full of the healthiest and freshest veggies and fruits? What if you brought the farm to the table? What if you made soups and bakery from scratch like you would at home, if you had the time? Wouldn’t people love that? Wouldn’t that be gnarly? Today, 97 restaurants and millions of guests later, we have grown from gnarly to Epic. And that will be the end of our surfer lingo.
Green Courte PartnersGottfried Ernst Vice President of Hospitality
Green Courte invests in the senior housing sector, targeting active adult and independent living communities. Senior housing is a highly-fragmented, niche real estate asset class buttressed by favorable long-term demographic and behavioral trends that is still in the early stages of maturation and consolidation. Green Courte Partners currently operates 9 senior living (independent) communities and are poised for tremendous expansion through organic and M&A Growth. They currently operate 11 restaurants (mostly upscale and casual fine dining) in the communities serving approximately 5000 meals a day. Green Courte Partners is the owner of "The Parking Spot" an airport parking shuttle service and also managed American Lendlease which they sold in 2015.
Harbor Retirement Associates Inc.Gottfried Ernst Vice President of Hospitality
Harbor Retirement Associates (“HRA”) is a vertically integrated regional senior living development and management company, focused primarily on Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, but also engaged in the development and operations of Independent Living and Skilled Nursing communities. HRA operates 25 communities and is partnering on the development or acquisition of 9 more communities in 8 states. HRA manages approximately $100 million in revenue and over $300 million in assets while employing over 1,500 associates. HRA is planning to double in size over the next three years.
Hilton Supply ManagementAnani LeFevre Director of Field Operations, Mexico
Leward Barker Sr. Manager Category Mgmt Food & Beverage
Whether you’re opening a new property or keeping one running long into the future, we know you have a lot on your mind. That’s why we have created the only truly global supply chain partner with complete solutions for your hospitality brands. Over 50 years in the hospitality industry have given us a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed. We use our expertise to forecast and proactively manage your supply chain so that you can focus on what’s really important—your guest experience. To make us stronger, smarter, and better equipped to serve your needs, we’re improving technology, focusing on growth, and redesigning our processes. We’re calling it HSM 2.0.
Hopdoddy Burger BarMark Adair VP Food and Beverage
Founded in Austin in 2010, Hopdoddy is a creative, from-scratch burger and beer joint with a friendly neighborhood vibe. The restaurant has locations in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Tennessee with additional locations opening in 2018. Hopdoddy has been named one of the “The Best Burgers in America” by Food & Wine, garnered the #1 spot two years in a row on Business Insider’s list of “The 50 best burger joints in America” and named one of “10 Brands to Watch” by CNBC and MSN.
IMC MargaritavilleChris Jones Director of Purchasing
Margaritaville is a global lifestyle brand inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation. Margaritaville features more than 30 lodging locations open and in the pipeline, four gaming properties and more than 60 food and beverage venues including signature concepts such as Margaritaville Restaurant, award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill. More than 20 million travelers every year change their latitude and attitude with a visit to a Margaritaville resort, residential real estate destination, vacation club, vacation home rental or restaurant.
Logan's RoadhouseLuis Haro Director of Culinary
Logan's Roadhouse®, Inc., headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, currently operates 190+ Logan's Roadhouse restaurants. Logan's opened its first location in Lexington, KY in 1991. Logan's Roadhouse revisits the classic roadhouse from days past and brings it to life in a modern way through its welcoming hospitality, attentive service, and kickin', upbeat atmosphere. Come as you are, grab an ice-cold longneck, enjoy a fresh, mesquite-grilled steak, tap your toes to the rockin' roadhouse sounds. Make lifelong friends. It's a REAL American tradition. We are known for great mesquite-grilled steaks, ice-cold longnecks, mouthwatering, made-from-scratch yeast rolls, and bottomless buckets of in-shell peanuts. The high-quality, moderately-priced menu features over 30 entrees including aged steaks hand-cut fresh on premises, mesquite-grilled chicken, fresh ground steakburgers, baby-back ribs, seafood, and specialty salads made from only the freshest ingredients.
Modern MarketJosh Chesterson Culinary Creative Director
Modern Market, founded in 2009, is a rapidly growing fast casual restaurant company that creates delicious food that supports a healthy lifestyle. Food that is made from scratch using the highest quality ingredients and served in a beautiful, relaxed environment where guests can enjoy an affordable, nutritious and satisfying dining experience. Modern Market specializes in fresh salads, toasted sandwiches, brick oven pizzas, classic homestyle plates, wholegrain breakfast waffles, scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, and fresh, affordable catering.
PieologyRichard Pineda Vice President Supply Chain
Pieology prides itself on providing the best tasting, healthiest pizza in the world. Using only the freshest ingredients, Pieology provides smoking hot pizzas in under 5 minutes. Our energy efficient restaurants are not only comfortable but also adhere to the philosophies of our corporate mission statement: Be inspired to make a difference one pie at a time. We love that you have found us, and hope that you will join us in the continuous study of Pizza pie, and together, we will find that perfect pizza that will bring about world peace (or be extremely satisfied in the pursuit).
Sbarro, LLC.Robert Gerlach Vice President Supply Chain Management
Sbarro, LLC. In 1956, Carmela and Gennaro Sbarro opened the doors to their Italian salumeria in Brooklyn. Carmela “Mama” Sbarro made pizza slices for shift workers looking for a quick meal. Her slices were so popular that they soon opened a second location focused solely on pizza. Since then, Sbarro has brought the best pasta, salad, and of course the XL NY slice to 630 eateries across 28 countries. You’re welcome, world.
SizzlerTamra Scroggins Director of Food Culture
Sizzler®, the family-casual steakhouse known for its U.S.D.A. Choice steaks and Craft Salad Bar, is celebrating 60 years as America’s go-to restaurant for great food at a great value. From steaks cut fresh in-house every day, to fresh salads and soups all created from scratch in real kitchens, Sizzler has been serving guests all-American cuisine since 1958. What started as a small, converted office trailer turned family-steakhouse where guests would flock for a 99 cent steak dinner in the Culver City, CA has catapulted into a successful family-casual franchise concept, boasting nearly $272 million in sales. Known for serving quality steaks at an affordable price, the tradition that began with the original Sizzler steakhouse still remains as the brand currently has 134 locations in 10 states nationwide.
Texas RoadhouseSteve Goodwin Senior Director of Purchasing
It all began on February 17, 1993, when after years of dreaming, planning, and hard, hard work, Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana. Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a great price. We’ve got the great meal part down. In fact, we like to consider our food more than great. We think its Legendary. Hand-Cut Steaks, award-winning Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs, Fresh-Baked Bread, and Made-From-Scratch Sides are the standard at Texas Roadhouse. We're more than just a steakhouse. We're a family restaurant. And, we believe our family is every member of every community that has a Texas Roadhouse. We love being a part of our communities, which is why you're likely to see our Roadies and Andy the Armadillo out and about! We love our workplace, and we love what we do. It’s that love that shows up each and every night to engage, entertain, and excite our guests. And it’s why we’re so happy to invite you to bring your friends and family in for a great meal and a good time!
Which Wich Superior SandwichesDon Laskey Vice President of Supply Chain
Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches was founded in Dallas in late 2003 by restaurant entrepreneur, Jeff Sinelli. The national sandwich franchise chain is best known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system, and personalized sandwich bag. In 2017, Which Wich ranked as #9 on Fast Casual's Top 100 Movers and Shakers and landed at #20 on the Franchise Times Fast & Serious list. In 2016, Restaurant Business named Which Wich the first winner of its Future 50 Pacesetter award. Which Wich is the recipient of a Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters “Healthful Innovations” award and has been named by Forbes as one of their “30 Best Franchises To Buy.” Which Wich currently has 500 locations open or in development in 40 states and 12 countries. For more information, visit www.whichwich.com.