Annual revenue (latest fiscal year): $39.4 million
Runs a chain of 131 "fast casual" restaurants throughout the U.S., and is expanding to Canada and the Middle East. Menu items include burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, beer and wine. Tom Ryan, who has a Ph.D. in flavor and fragrance chemistry, was Chief Carketing Officer for McDonald’s. CEO Dave Prokupek was CEO of three firms in various industries. The company has raised $20 million in private equity since inception in 2007.
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