Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> April 11, 2005

Robert Spivak – Grill Concepts Inc (gril)

ROBERT L. SPIVAK is President, CEO and a founding director of Grill Concepts, Inc., a company that was originally formed in 1988, and became publicly held in 1995. Mr. Spivak, a 40-year veteran of the restaurant and food industry, comes from a family that ran restaurants in Los Angeles from 1946 to 1972. He began his career working in the family- owned chain of Smokey Joe's barbecue restaurants. He managed several of the family's operations, including the landmark Redwood House in the Los Angeles Civic Center. He left the family business to manage the food operations at the Fedco discount department stores, and along with the owners of Fedco Foods, he developed the much copied Soup N' Such restaurant chain. In the early 1980s, Mr. Spivak formed a partnership with Michael Weinstock to open the highly successful Beverly Hills restaurant, The Grill on the Alley, a traditional American grill with the by-words, 'Quality Without Compromise.' The Grill was inducted into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation's Restaurant News in 1995. Considered one of Los Angeles' 'power spots,' The Grill is the upscale model for the Daily Grill, a concept based on the high quality food and service at a price point that reaches a far wider audience. Mr. Spivak is a Director Emeritus for the California Restaurant Association and is also past Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Collins School of Hotel & Restaurant Management. In September 2000 he received the 'Spirit of Life' award from the City of Hope. This is the most prestigious award given by the City of Hope. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief historical sketch of Grill Concepts

and a picture of things as they are now?

Mr. Spivak: We are 21 years old. We opened our first restaurant in

Beverly Hills