Johnny Tomazos, CEO, FoodFund International Johnny Tomazos, CEO, FoodFund International

06. Johnny Tomazos, CEO, FoodFund International

The international portfolio of restaurants are all wholly owned by FFI as the company made the strategic decision not to franchise to maintain Tomazos’ high quality standards. To date, FFI has invested US $15 million in the development of its brands, The Meat Co., Bentley Bistro & Bar, Tribes, Ribs and Rumps, Eat Greek, and Woodchuck. An additional US $5 million is earmarked for new developments, and FFI is growing by 20% YOY. The Meat Co. has followed its successful operation in London with the launch of a second European restaurant in Mykonos. FFI has opened additional Eat Greek sites in several Dubai malls, as well as having received interest to open in international locations. Another branch of Eat Greek and a Tribes outlet will launch in Dubai at the beginning of 2016, and these will be followed by the new Carter & Co. and Brooklyn Café concepts in Dubai. New concept Attic will launch in Bahrain next March, and FFI will end 2016 with the launch of Woodchuck Chicken in Dubai, scheduled for mid-December 2016.

Bite-sized facts:

Number of years in the F&B industry: 10
Number of years with this company: 8
Number of years in this role: 4
Number of years working in the Middle East: 4
Number of people you are responsible for: 600+
Number of F&B outlets in the Middle East: 10
Nationality: South African/Greek

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