Restaurant Hospitality magazine has selected Ethan and Angela Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle as this year’s recipients of the Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award.
Richard Melman is the CEO and restaurateur behind Chicago’s famed Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants and the 2015 recipient of The James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Past Melman Award winners include Danny Meyer, Jose Andres, Michael Mina, Stephen Starr, and Drew Nieporent.
The Richard Melman Innovator Award honors an outstanding multi-concept operator who has raised the bar for the industry by creating innovative restaurant concepts that provide customers with unique and flavorful dining experiences with superb customer service provided across all concepts.
The Stowells will be honored during the Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference (MUFSO) in Dallas on October 23, 2016.
Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award recipients are selected by the editors of Restaurant Hospitality after consulting with Melman.