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Steele Platt

Steele Platt

Founder Yard House Restaurants, Entrepreneur
FEE RANGE: Inquire [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: California
From Bartending to Developing a $585,000,000 Restaurant Chain, Yard House Founder Steele Platt brings his rags to riches story on how he created a restaurant chain worth $585,000,000.  While bartending at a local Huntington Beach bar in 1994, after declaring bankruptcy, a young risk-taker, Steele Platt, wrote a business plan for a new restaurant that offered guests a casual atmosphere, classic rock music and a vast selection of brews on tap. Chosen from a list of more than 50 names jotted on a napkin, the first Yard House opened its doors in Long Beach, CA in December of 1996 on account of Platt’s clever financial negotiations. By 2012 the brand grew to 46 stores before Darden Restaurants purchased the concept for $585 million making the purchase one of the highest prices ever paid for a private restaurant chain. Platt’s story of rags to riches, fueled by dedication and hard work will empower attendees to see their vision through.

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