Family Tradition, Industry Legend, P@T Update

Guests: Nat Milner, Rick Akam and Walter Smith

Nat Milner

Nat Milner

Nat Milner – Owner of Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar and Elizabeth’s Neighborhood Table

Nat grew up in a restaurant family but spent a decade in Alaska deep sea fishing and working for Juneau Youth Services. But he came home to Manhattan to revitalize his family’s eatery. He nows owns two concepts, on the same block. This is a great restaurant story and he has some great advice for all owners and operators.

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Rick Akam

Rick Akam

Rick Akam – Ex-CEO of Hooters, Ex-COO of Raving Brands, ex-COO of Twin Peaks, CEO of American Restaurant Concepts which operates Dick’s Wings 

Rick is a true industry legend. He started off in the industry right out of college and became CEO of Hooters, one of America’s great chains (over 460 locations today!). He currently serves as CEO of American Restaurant Concepts with a goal of growing ARC and it’s affiliated brands, especially Dick’s Wings and Grill. Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, the chain currently has 16 restaurants in Northeast Florida and South Georgia.

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Walter Smith

Walter Smith

Walter Smith – Resident Tech, Credit Card Guru 

Walter is back for another visit, keeping us up to date on all things restaurant tech and processing.