Georgia Restaurant Association Award Nominees

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The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) revealed the finalists for the 8th Annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards. These finalists are peer-nominated and the winners will be announced November 2nd at the GRACE. We are proud to



The GRACE Awards recognize and pay tribute to the leaders who have made outstanding contributions to Georgia’s restaurant industry. All finalists are peer nominated, which ensures that we honor the most deserving of our Industry. To learn more about the GRACE Awards, or purchase tickets, visit






Restaurateur of the Year



George Frangos and Jason Mann, Farm Burger



Neal McCarthy and Steven Satterfield, Miller Union



Jennifer and Ben Johnson, Shelley Sweet, West Egg Café, The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla and Todd Ginsberg, The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla




Partner of the Year






Georgia Power



United Healthcare



Distinguished Service Award



Atlanta Community Food Bank






Waffle House
The Innovator Award



Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow



Nick Melvin, Doux South and Venkman’s



Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor, Sobban



Lifetime Achievement Award Winner



Hal Nowak of Hal’s on Old Ivy



Chairman’s Award



Commissioner Gary W. Black, Georgia Department of Agriculture



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