Phil Romano

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Phil Romano
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Restaurateur
Years active 1965–present
Known for Founder of Fuddruckers and Romano's Macaroni Grill
Home town Auburn, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Lillie Romano

Philip J. "Phil" Romano is an American restaurateur, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is best known as the founder of the restaurant chains Fuddruckers and Romano's Macaroni Grill.[1]

Early life[edit]

Romano grew up in Auburn, New York. He moved to Florida in his early 20s and then moved from West Palm Beach, Florida, to San Antonio, Texas, in 1976.[2]


Romano has founded multiple restaurant chains with a national or international reach. His biggest successes to date are Fuddruckers, Romano's Macaroni Grill, and EatZi's.[1] Romano has founded more than twenty different restaurant concepts in his career.[3][4]

Romano was also one of the earliest investors in the heart stent.[1] His initial $250,000 investment returned millions of dollars in royalties.[1]

Romano now runs a slew of restaurant incubators in the west Dallas area known as Trinity Groves.


Romano is the founder of Hunger Busters, a Dallas charity that feeds the homeless.[1][5]

Personal life[edit]

Romano is married to Lillie Romano, with whom he has a son, Sam.[4] Romano and his family live in Dallas, Texas.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "The story of Phil Romano". Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Richman, Tom (1 May 1986). "Love 'em And Leave 'em". Inc. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Philip J. Romano's History Of Restaurants". Inc. 1 May 1986. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Philip Romano". Nick & Sam's. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hunger Busters". Retrieved 18 September 2011. 

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