Interviewed by FoodChannelPRO’s editor-in-chief Ellen Koteff, these food industry trail blazers offer candid commentary on the state of the business today and on the factors that shaped their own gutsy decisions. Viewers will really get to know these Leaders with Guts.
Danny Meyer is considered by many to be the dean of hospitality in America. Clearly a standout on the American dining scene, Meyer has a stellar stable of New York restaurants that have captivated the public for as long as 25 years, including the Gramercy Tavern, Tabla, Eleven Madison Park, Union Square Café, Shake Shack and his newest venture, Maialino. Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group now is spreading its wings in new and exciting ways. Meyer’s track record as an amazingly successful risk-taking entrepreneur is undisputed. View the interviews
When Jeff Sinelli was still in his twenties he was already a risk-taking entrepreneur, opening several nightclubs and bars in the Dallas area, including a biker bar. He co-founded a Mongolian barbecue concept, Genghis Grill and founded the Which Wich sandwich chain in 2003. Nation’s Restaurant News named Which Wich a Hot! Concept in 2007, when the chain had 30 units. Sinelli recently opened his 100th Which Wich store. Not content to sit back and collect accolades, he created yet another restaurant concept, Burguesa Burgers, a Mexican burger joint which opened in Dallas last year. Sinelli says he often shoots from the hip. We’d say that takes some guts.
Todd Graves, Raising Cane’s founder, chairman and chief executive, may have found his way onto Fox’s ‘Secret Millionaire’ reality show, but the road was paved with hard work, ‘gutsy’ choices, and an entrepreneurial spirit second to none. Following his college dream to open a restaurant featuring chicken finger meals, Graves’ journey took him from stints as a boilermaker in oil refineries and commercial salmon fisherman, to a highly successful restaurant chain with nearly 100 units in 14 states.