George Frangos – Founder and CEO of Farm Burger
George Frangos has been invested in sustainable, farm fresh cooking his whole career. He was Manager of Peter Hoffman’s Savoy (New York), Nora Pouillon’s Restaurant Nora (Washington, D.C.), and as Operations Consultant for Farm 255. As a part of these award-winning national landmarks, George developed the skills to lead the sustainable food movement. George was part of the Concentrics Restaurants management team, at Room and Lobby and TROIS, and was the owner/operator of the acclaimed Victory 96 State Street (Portsmouth, New Hampshire). Now, he owns and runs Farm Burger, a chain of 4 sustainable, fast casual burger places. They are proud , “Our food makes ethical eating easy.” We love it too.
Barry Lennon – Operating Partner of J Christopher’s
J Chriopher’s in an Atlanta based chain of 25 breakfast and lunch restaurants across the South. Barry Lennon has been the Operating Partner for a decade and grow the chain from 13 units. He has been in the restaurant for over 20 years. He first opened The Cabin in 1991, a premier upscale steak and wild game restaurant. he moved to the prestigious Buckhead Life Restaurant Group as General Manager of the nationally known and celebrated Atlanta Fish Market. He tells some great stories about the early days of fine dining in Atlanta and about Pano Karatassos, the Atlanta legend. Barry is now partnered with Christopher Brogdon of J.Christopher’s to grow popular franchise to new levels. And host Jim, must confess he eats at J. Christopher’s weekly! So he is pretty biased. Barry gives great reason for not offering dinner, really a great defense of their model.