Ralph Brennan is a New Orleans-based restaurateur and head of The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group.
A former CPA with Price Waterhouse & Company, Brennan entered the family business in the early 1980s as one of a group of eight third-generation cousins active in the United States restaurant industry. His company runs four restaurants, three of which are in New Orleans. Among them:
- BACCO, an Italian restaurant in the French Quarter opened in 1991
- Red Fish Grill, also in the French Quarter opened in 1997
- Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney, Anaheim, California as one of its original tenants in 2001
- Ralph’s on the Park, adjacent to historic City Park in Mid-City New Orleans, opened in 2003
Brennan is co-owner of three additional restaurants:
- Mr. B’s Bistro
- Commander's Palace
- Brennan’s of Houston
Among Brennan's industry honors are the 1997 Gold Plate Operator of the Year, the highest honor bestowed by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. He has also served as president of the National Restaurant Association as well as chairman of its educational foundation.
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