Philip J. Romano is an investor, entrepreneur, artist and nationally-renowned restaurateur. Involved in the restaurant business for over forty years, in the course of his career, he has created over thirty concepts.
He is the only person in the restaurant industry that has created more than two national concepts….he has created six to date: Fuddruckers, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Spageddies, Cozymel’s, Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ and eatZi’s Market & Bakery. Fuddruckers has opened units in more than 150 locations worldwide. Romano’s Macaroni Grill now operates in more than 190 locations in the United States and Canada. The restaurant concepts created by Mr. Romano produce over $1 billion in sales each year. To date, his concepts have generated more than $10 billion in revenue.
From 1989 through 2002, Romano served as a consultant and joint venture partner of Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) as national operator, developer and franchisor of numerous restaurant concepts, including Chili’s Grill & Bar and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.
Romano currently owns and operates the following restaurant concepts: eatZi’s Market & Bakery, Nick & Sam’s Steak & Fish House, Nick & Sam’s Grill, Who’s Who Burgers and Coal Vines Pizza.
In April 2006, Romano was honored by being inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame. Only 24 individuals have previously been inducted.
As a visionary and venture capitalist, he always keeps and eye on the future. He doesn’t see or predict the future; he imagines it.
He was a principal in EGP, a partnership that held the licensing rights to the Palmaz-Schatz Stint, purchased by Johnson & Johnson, Inc. It is said to be one of the most successful medical devices of its time and is considered one of the patents that has changed the world.
Compass Group, the world’s largest contract food service organization, has established an exclusive partnership with Romano, who will increase the company’s new business opportunities throughout the United States, particularly in the Southwest where the Compass Group is building a larger presence.
His creativity expands beyond restaurants to ART. Romano began painting 30 years ago to let his creativity flow. In September 2008, for the first time ever, Romano sold a piece of his artwork. He partnered with Reflectionist Movement Artist JD Miller of Dallas, opening Samuel Lynne Galleries. The Gallery features both Romano and Miller works and an ever expanding list of additional Artists, focusing on art of the 21st Century.
Romano and his family established a charitable foundation, The Food Foundation, which operates as Hunger Busters. This 501(c) (3) organization provides food to the hungry and has a mission of bringing a fresh meal with compassion to the hungry citizens of Dallas. Hunger Busters launched an After School Feeding program in 2007 which continues to expand, currently they serve 7 DISD schools.
He serves on the Board of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He lectures frequently at universities, national business seminars, civic organizations and special interest group meetings.
A native of New York state, he attended Florida Atlantic University. He presently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Lillie, and thirteen-year old son, Sam.