The National Restaurant Association has announced the winners of its inaugural Operator Innovations Awards. Selected by an independent panel of judges, the winners in each award category, plus an Innovator of the Year, were revealed at the Destination: Celebration event during the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.
“These restaurant operators are true pioneers of innovation and leadership, who are breaking new ground on how to successfully run a restaurant business,” said Jack Crawford, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2012 and President and CEO of Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative, LLC. “It is our honor to recognize our Operator Innovations Award winners and, we believe they will serve as an inspiration to restaurateurs throughout our industry.”
View the 2012 Operator Innovations Award Winners.
One of GRA's very own members took home the Food Safety Award.
Waffle House – A public-private partnership to secure foodservice safety post-disasters. This restaurant chain, in partnership with state health departments, developed a comprehensive business continuity plan featuring tight food safety protocols to ensure speedy and safe reopening after natural disasters. In addition, Waffle House works closely with FEMA and state emergency management agencies as an active Private Sector Partner when responding to natural disasters.
Congratulations to GRA Board Member Mick Miklos, VP of Food Safety & Training for Waffle House, and the rest of the Waffle House team!