Our speaker on Wednesday was Aubrey's Restaurant founder and owner Randy Burleson.
was 19, Burleson
first job in the restaurant business at the now defunct Stephen's
CFO David Belcher, Randy Burleson and Eddy Ford
convinced a group of investors to finance the building of the first Aubrey's Restaurant
in Farragut in 1992 at the age of 25.
e applied many of the principles that he
learned in MBA school to his
restaurant by thinking of the kitchen as a manufacturing operation and the restaurant as a production business.
attributed much of his
early success at his
first restaurant on Campbell Station Road to good fortune.
The opening of a new post office nearby, the opening of the Farragut 10 Movie Theater and school coupons all gave his
fledgling restaurant a boost.
now owns 12 restaurants, including eight Aubrey's locations, the Sunspot,Bistro by the Tracks, Stephano's Pizza and Barley's Tap Room.
bought The Sunspot from bankruptcy court and convinced the court to finance the purchase.
restaurants employ nearly 800 people and he
expects $25 million in revenue this year.