All in the Family

There’s the family you’re born with, and the family you choose. With his now-international JOEY Restaurants brand, CEO Jeff Fuller has the best of both By Sara Burnside Menuck From afar, you might think it was inevitable for Jeff Fuller to make a career in the restaurant industry. The son of respected restaurateur Leroy Earl […]

Taking Flight: Hard work got Wing’n It off the ground, but a little luck along the way helped, too

By Gregory Furgala Any number of catastrophes can upend a new business. Given their high failure rate, restaurants seem vulnerable to even small obstacles. Rising rents, property damage and even just a poorly-timed off-service can tank even the most promising projects. Conversely, sometimes everything just seems to work out. David Deane, president of Wing’n It, […]

Canadian trailblazer: Phoebe Fung, Vin Room

By Sean Moon She calls herself an “accidental restaurateur,” but Phoebe Fung’s business acumen comes from anything but chance. Born in Fort McMurray, Alberta (Fung has lived in Calgary for the better part of 25 years), the graduate of the University of Alberta and Queen’s University spent over a decade successfully carving out a career […]

The road less travelled: Brent Poulton, CEO, St. Louis Bar and Grill

By Sean Moon Most people would think that success in the foodservice industry can only be achieved through culinary education, related business experience or having a lifelong passion for food. Brent Poulton has come a long way towards proving them wrong. As CEO of Ontario-based St. Louis Bar and Grill restaurants, Poulton is the first […]