Native Foods Café

New CEO For Native Foods Cafe

Native Foods Cafe, a fast casual, plant-based restaurant group, announced the appointment of Craig Grimes as its new CEO. Grimes has more than 25 years of multi-unit experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, and most recently served as corporate vice president of Food and Beverage for Cedar Fair L.P.

Grimes, who has served on the company's Board of Directors since April 2012, will succeed Daniel Dolan and assume responsibilities effective immediately. Dolan will remain chairman and a member of the Board of Directors.

Ones To Watch: Native Foods Café

The owners of the vegan fast-casual concept Native Foods Café decided if they could make it in Chicago—home of cheesy deep-dish pizza and Vienna beef hot dogs—they could make it anywhere.

Founded in Palm Springs, California, by a vegan chef in 1994, Native Foods Café grew into a four-store chain before Daniel Dolan and Andrea McGinty purchased it in 2009. In the next two years, two more locations were added.

Former Chipotle CFO Joins Native Foods Café

Native Foods Café, a plant-based restaurant concept, announced the addition of John Miller, former CFO of Chipotle Mexican Grill and several other fast-casual concepts, to its executive team.

“John is a perfect fit for Native Foods Café, with the know-how, commitment, and care to take us to the next level while practicing our shared values,” says Andrea McGinty, who has owned Native Foods Cafè with business partner and husband Daniel Dolan since 2009. “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about him.”