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Our Satisfied Clients

Restaurant Placement Group is particularly proud of the personal service we devote to each and every client, and the mutual trust and rapport we have established. Our clients rely upon us repeatedly as their needs — and their business — continue to grow. In fact, most of our clients are now repeat customers and personal referrals.

Here’s what the industry professionals are saying about Restaurant Placement Group:

It has been my pleasure working with Ken Spahn of Restaurant Placement Group. Our time is so valuable, and Ken has been most efficient in presenting candidates who meet our strict criteria in a very timely and professional manner. He has helped fill some very hard-to-fill positions.”

Chris Harrington, Director of Employment
The Capital Grille (Darden Restaurants, Inc.)

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When it comes to personalized attention and service, Ken Spahn has been a top notch performer. His understanding of the restaurant business, professionalism, and ability to always find the right candidate has helped us tremendously in new markets.”

Paul Baldasaro, Chief Operating Officer
Buckhead Life Restaurant Group (Atlanta, GA and elsewhere)

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Ken, It has been great working with a professional restaurant recruiter who actually takes the time to match people appropriately for our needs, and who also spends the time to properly screen the applicants. Through your great work and insight, we secured several key members for our opening team. I also appreciated receiving very organized and well thought-out communications. This makes it much easier to spend my time on other things. Thanks again.

Bill Scheidhauer, Vice President, Operations
iPic Entertainment / Tanzy Restaurants, etc. (Boca Raton, FL and nationwide)

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I wish to commend Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group. Ken took extra efforts to learn our unique situation and business needs. He presented highly qualified candidates from across the country, and coordinated the entire interview process – with the utmost  precision, personal attention, and professionalism. Thanks to Ken’s diligence, Mai Kai has a new Executive Chef capable of continuing its 60-year legacy.  We will turn to Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement again, and highly recommend them to other operators.”

David Levy, Owner/Operator
Mai Kai (since 1956) Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Restaurant Placement Group has been nothing short of spectacular. Ken Spahn has been hands on and an integral part of our hiring process. The candidates he brought were professional and qualified. We are happy to recommend Ken and Restaurant Placement Group, and will be using them for our future locations.”

Paul Greenberg, Co-Owner
American Social Restaurants (Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, FL)

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I rarely ever give endorsements, however I was so impressed with my total experience and successful outcome with Restaurant Placement Group, I am compelled to give them my highest personal endorsement. Ken Spahn is the person to get the job done right the first time. Ken took the time to gain a thorough in-depth insight of our business operations and needs. He conducted an exhaustive search and provided an impressive summary of extremely qualified candidates, capable of not only keeping our 65+ year restaurant flourishing, but to also move it forward. In fact, the most difficult part of the entire process was selecting the one best candidate, as they were all excellent choices! Throughout the entire process, Ken answered every call and email, even on the weekends and after hours.
Ken’s high level of personal service, integrity, and a real genuine care to find the RIGHT candidate truly impressed us all. Everything Ken said he would do he did — over and above our expectations.”

Jim Wasko, Owner/ Operator
The Crab Cooker (est. 1951) Newport Beach, CA and Tustin, CA

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Ken: Thank you for the first-class restaurant recruiting assistance. You provided a good number of outstanding potential managers, and more importantly, you provided people with depth and understanding of our business. Our needs were not just met, but exceeded. Good Job!
Thanks.

Nick Garvey, President
III Forks Prime Steakhouse (Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc.) (Dallas, TX and nationwide)

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Ken, Thank you for all your diligent efforts in helping us fill our Executive Chef position. Your commitment, perseverance, and quality of candidates shows that you are truly connected to top level executives in the hospitality field. Should we need help in future searches, you will be the first we call.”

Thomas Wright, Food & Beverage Director
The Grove Isle Resort & Spa (Nobel House Resorts) Coconut Grove, FL

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Restaurant Placement Group successfully found a manager of the caliber worthy of the Joe’s Stone Crab legacy. Ken Spahn quickly provided a select group of top candidates. He provided an exemplary level of personal attention and responsiveness, professionalism, and genuine concern for our operation throughout the entire process. We would certainly call upon Ken and Restaurant Placement Group again for our recruiting needs.”

Brian Johnson, General Manager
Joe’s Stone Crab (Miami, FL) (est. 1913)

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Ken, I wish to take a moment to send you a sincere THANK YOU for all you do for us. Your ability to always find the right candidates never fails to amaze me. I cannot think of any other hospitality recruitment firm that provides the quality of candidates you do every time when called upon. We particularly appreciate the fact that you always provide the highest level of personal service and advice. I look forward to working with you again.

Ken Allday, Director of Operations & Training
Angelo Elia Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas (numerous locations throughout south Florida)

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Ken, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the fine work you and Restaurant Placement Group have provided. You responded quickly to our specific requirements with keen insight and an obvious understanding of the business. We particularly value your special level of personal attention, and your honest input and professionalism. Thanks to your help, we have another stellar executive chef in The Max Group family. I look forward to working with you in the future.”

Dennis Max, Proprietor
The Max Group (Max’s Grille, Max’s Harvest, Max’s Social House, Frank & Dino’s, Burt & Max’s, Assaggio del Forno, and multiple other concepts throughout South Florida)

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“I would like to thank Ken Spahn and the staff at Restaurant Placement Group for providing such a positive experience! I have used other placement services in the past, which charged higher fees, and produced less than desired results. Ken presented a solid list of outstanding candidates for the management position I needed to fill.
From start to finish, Ken and his team were top notch! From thorough information gathering to the timely updates provided throughout the process, I felt that I was in good hands. It was comforting to know that Restaurant Group was there for me. I would highly recommend Restaurant Placement Group to any restaurant seeking to fill a management or chef position. Eat well!

Connor Rankin, Chef/Owner
The Half Shell (St. Simons Island, GA)

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This is the first time in 10+ years of owning our own business that we decided to use a restaurant recruiter. I don’t know why I waited so long!  Ken Spahn had a select list of candidates to us within a week, and then quickly lined up the interviews.  Ken really listened to what our needs were, and all the people he sent for interviews complimented the culture of our restaurant. Thank you, Restaurant Placement Group!”

Kristin Connor, Managing Partner
Whisk Gourmet (Miami, FL)
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Restaurant Replacement Group consistently delivers the caliber of talent we look for in Hospitality professionals. Their level of customer service and extra effort is second to none.”

Niko Karatassos, President and COO
Buckhead Life Restaurant Group (Atlanta, GA and elsewhere)

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“I am very impressed with Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group, and how they found a highly qualified Director of Operations for our very specific and demanding International Airport situation. Ken went to extraordinary efforts and demonstrated the utmost professionalism, while responding quickly to our exact needs. He was able to secure an extremely hard-to-find candidate meeting our unique criteria. I would recommend Ken Spahn and Restaurant Group without hesitation.

Dale E. Robinson, Vice President/Director
Global Miami JV/Airport Concessions Group, Inc. (Miami, FL)

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Ken, I just wanted to say what a great pleasure it has been working with you and Restaurant Placement Group. From the very beginning, your professionalism, follow-through and personal attention to detail have made a believer of me. You have given me a new outlook and benchmark in the hospitality placement business.
Thank you for instilling the professionalism and integrity and personal service back into the industry!

Lou Marrocco, CMP
Brandywine Events LLC (Malvern, PA)

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“Restaurant Placement Group is a valuable resource for any restaurant operation. We have relied upon them repeatedly to find managers and chefs for our different concepts, and they always come through with excellent candidates on a timely basis. We are very pleased with the results, and especially with Ken Spahn’s personal attention and follow-through.”

Peter Boulukos, Executive Chef/Operating Partner
The Restaurant People (Yolo, Tarpon Bend, S3, Fork & Balls, Boatyard, Vibe, O Lounge, and others)

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Ken, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and Restaurant Placement Group. You quickly delivered several candidates who possessed the qualities we were looking for, or more. You have certainly demonstrated your passion for personal service and attention to detail. I was quite impressed with your knowledge of our industry and your overall professionalism. Your qualifications for helping us acquire the Sous Chef we needed is certainly unparalleled. You are a pleasure to work with and I again thank you.”

Brian Harris, Food & Beverage Director / Executive Chef
Adios Golf Club (Coconut Creek, FL)

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“Our condominium community turned to Ken Spahn at Restaurant Placement Group to recruit an on-site restaurateur. In very short time, Ken connected us with a concentrated batch of exceptional candidates, who were all of universally superior quality. He was able to attract individuals and teams with diverse experience and a comprehensive vision for our dining room, catering, and golf course F&B operations, which had been sorely lacking before Ken’s help. His extensive knowledge of the restaurant industry and its power players, combined with his personalized approach, ensured that our needs were proactively met and greatly exceeded. Thank you again, Ken!”

Paul Ray, Chief Executive Officer
Hollybrook Golf & Tennis Club Condominium, Inc. (Pembroke Pines, FL)

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Ken, On behalf of The Railyard, I would like to thank you for all your valuable help and guidance. We know it was not easy to find someone of such high caliber to head up our new operation in Gillette, Wyoming. But through your diligent efforts and advice, we now have an amazing new Director of Operations. Thanks for all your personal attention and wisdom, and for helping guide us through this critical phase of our new venture.”

Brent Eischeid, Vice President
The Railyard (Gillette, WY)

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“Restaurant Placement Group has been a tremendous help in recruiting some of Florida’s best restaurant managers and chefs.”

Ron Adelman, Regional Director
The Capital Grille (Darden Restaurants, Inc.)

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Working with Restaurant Placement Group and Ken Spahn to fill key positions in our company has been a success all around. His approach included a comprehensive discussion to really hear and understand our needs, and continuous follow-up. Ken presented us with the highest pool of candidates, and was then proactive in scheduling interviews. He made the entire process smooth and productive, and enabled us to truly find the exact candidate for the job.”

Nader Garschi, Exec Vice President of Operations
Sushi Maki (multiple South Florida locations)

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Dear Ken, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all your efforts in assisting Legal Sea Foods with our search for managers. I was quite impressed with the quality and quantity of candidates you provided. It meant so much to me to know that you were out there looking for good managers on my behalf. I want you to know that I truly appreciate the level of personal service you gave us. I thank you for your persistence and your integrity.
I hope we can work together again.

Janet Sutherby, Director of Recruitment and Retention
Legal Sea Foods, Inc. (Boston, MA, and elsewhere)

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Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group has been an invaluable tool to Dineamic Group in staffing multiple concepts in different markets. His perseverance and personal attention to detail has turned around some of the highest qualified applicants that we have seen to date. Truly a pleasure.”

Keegan Moon, Operating Partner
DINE|AMIC Group (Siena Tavern, Bull & Bear, Public House, Prime & Provisions, etc.) (Chicago, IL, and elsewhere)

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Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group was instrumental in helping our commercial food company find and select the right candidates. He presented us with a number of very different candidates, who were all well qualified and passionate about what they do. Using Ken allowed us to focus on further developing our concept, and we placed a lot of trust in his ability to recruit and present us with the right person. That trust was well placed. I recommend Ken Spahn and RestaurantPlacement.com very highly.

Chris Rosales, Executive Vice President, Corporate Operations & Strategy
La Tartine Group, Inc. (La Tartine FoodService; La Panotiq Bakery Café) Glendale, CA (+ multiple locations)

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Ken, Just a few words of THANKS for the excellent service you have provided. You definitely have gone the extra mile, always on short notice, to accommodate our searches. I certainly would use your group again for our recruiting needs.”
Thanks again.

Jackie L. Cahan, Operating Partner,
Synthesis Management Services /Tequila Ranch, (Naperville, IL, and nationwide)

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When staffing needs arise for qualified managers or chefs, I turn to Ken Spahn and his Restaurant Placement Group. They respond quickly and provide an excellent selection of highly qualified candidates.”

Burt Rapoport, President
Rapoport’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (Bogart’s, Burt & Max’s, Henry’s, Deck 84, and a multitude of other restaurants)

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Ken Spahn and his Restaurant Placement Group team are responsive, vigilant and a pleasure with which to work. We will continue to use them as a resource for future placement needs.”

Elizabeth Blau, CEO
Elizabeth Blau & Associates, LLC (Las Vegas, NV and elsewhere)

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As a restaurateur for over 40 years, I am quite impressed with Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group. Ken brings keen insight and full comprehension of the restaurant business, and he delivers exactly the services needed to bring about success for each situation. Ken’s personal contacts, professional demeanor, and respect he has attained are truly impressive. Ken truly offers a winning recipe for any restaurant.”

Nick Nickolas, Owner/Operator
Nick’s Fishmarket of Hawaii (over 30 operations worldwide)

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Ken Spahn of Restaurant Placement Group found our new CFO, under extremely demanding circumstances. He came through with surprisingly quick turnaround and the utmost professionalism. We are so impressed with Ken’s services and personal devotion to our business needs. I would definitely rely on Ken again, and I highly recommend him to any business operator.”

William L. Knight, President
NexStore MarketPlace, Inc.

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Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group is one of the few sources that truly understand the imperative needs of restaurants. His level of service, professionalism, and follow-through are truly astounding. I don’t know any other restaurant search firm that can serve so efficiently and accurately as Restaurant Placement Group.”

Danielle Rosse, Owner
Oceans 234 (Deerfield Beach, FL)

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Ken Spahn was very much in tune with the type of managers we needed for our concept. The candidates he presented were solid performers with proven restaurant qualifications. His insight, follow-through and attention to detail were very much appreciated by all of us. We plan on using him again as our company expands in South Florida.”

Mimi Cogan, General Manager
Chops Lobster Bar (Buckhead Life Restaurant Group) Boca Raton, FL

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Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group has been an invaluable resource for our most recent opening. Ken’s knowledge of the business, attention to the details, and overall integrity make the process of securing the best possible management and chef candidates much easier. I would highly recommend Ken’s services for any serious restaurateur.”

Tony Figurelli, Chief Operating Officer / Vice President
Old Town Tavern, LLC

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Ken works quickly and diligently to produce top notch candidates. He takes the time to understand what the client wants and makes every effort to exceed client expectations.”

Elvira Ryder, Director of Human Resources
Rosa Mexicano Restaurants (New York, NY, and nationwide)

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Restaurant Placement Group and Ken Spahn have proved to be an invaluable asset in staffing our top Managers at our different locations. American Social is in a much better position for long-term success because of the candidates provided and Ken’s sound guidance and overall knowledge of the Restaurant industry.”

Rick Mijares | Managing Partner
American Social Bar & Restaurant (Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, FL)

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I placed a call to Ken Spahn of RPG, and within a couple days, he had several candidates lined up for me to interview. We were then able to make an informed choice and quickly hire the ideal director to run our restaurants.”

Patrick J. Rooney, President,
General Braddock Brewing Company, Ltd.

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Ken Spahn is an excellent resource for recruitment of hospitality talent. He has consistently proven to bring top-shelf talent to the table, and has helped us expand our talent base and effectively increase performance and growth. Ken is an excellent resource and partner to keep the talent pipeline full.”

Steven Roberts, V.P. of Operations
The Addison Restaurant Group, LLC.

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Ken Spahn with Restaurant Placement Group is a true professional, he is driven to deliver top candidates on all levels. His commitment to filling our Chef needs was truly impressive. He is very connected to his candidates, and matched them to our exact company needs. We will be calling on Ken as our company grows and more top talent is needed.”

Gregg McCarthy, Executive Chef/Operating Partner
The Grand Marlin Restaurant (Pensacola Beach, FL and Panama City Beach, FL)

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“Ken, I wanted to thank you for providing high quality candidates for my restaurant. After listening very carefully to my needs and taking the time to screen each candidate personally, you helped saved me a lot of valuable time in finding our new manager. Thanks again and good luck.”

Phil Papadopoulos, Owner/Operator
Pizzigando Café (Sharon, MA)

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“Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group is an asset to any expanding restaurant team. Within a few days, Ken had a list of very qualifies candidates, and helped guide us through the entire hiring process. I will definitely use his services again in the future.”

Avi Stern, Franchise Owner/Operator
Bruegger’s Bagels (south Florida)

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Ken: I want to express my sincere appreciation for the level of courtesy and professionalism you extended in placing our new marketing director. Your attentiveness to our very specific needs were more than adequately met, and it would be my sincere pleasure to refer your services.
It is always a pleasure doing business with individuals such as yourself, and I look forward to working with you again.”

Dimitrios Lellos, Operating Partner
Mythos Greek Taverna (Coral Springs, FL)

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Ken has been a very resourceful and professional in connecting us with team leaders for our new venue. We found Ken to be reliable, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and very persistent in his efforts. In addition, Ken was very personable and understood our business’s needs at every stage of the game.”

Shai Ben-Ami, Operations Director
Gigi, Domo Japones, and other restaurants (Miami, FL)

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Ken, A quick note to thank Restaurant Placement Group, and especially to thank you personally, for the excellent job in finding a GM for my restaurant. Within a few days you had over 10 qualified applicants’ resumes in my hands. And the personal follow up from you was exceptional! Thanks again and good luck.”

Gregg Holloway, Proprietor
Rockin Rodz Bar & Grille (Jacksonville, FL)

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We feel very confident recommending Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group to our clients, and to anyone in the restaurant and hospitality business. His expertise and personal contacts in the restaurant industry qualify him to recruit and place high level employees. We are glad Ken Spahn can provide such a valuable service for our clients.”

Tom Prakas, President
Prakas & Co.

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Whenever I have a hiring need in the future, the first call will go to Ken Spahn at Restaurant Placement Group.”

Patrick J. Rooney, Jr, President,
Rooney’s Public House (West Palm Beach, FL & Abacoa, FL)

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Being a top restaurant professional and chef/owner, I rely on Restaurant Placement Group for our restaurant recruiting needs, or whenever I need ideas, help and guidance. I highly respect Mr. Kenneth Spahn’s inside knowledge of the industry, honesty, and outstanding personal service.”

Johannes Fruhwirt, Chef/Owner
Johannes Restaurant

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“When my clients ask me to help them locate key hospitality personnel, I turn to Ken Spahn of Restaurant Placement Group. Ken always provides the guidance, energy, and personal attention that satisfies my clients’ needs.”

Drew McLandrich
Principal, McLandrich Consulting (Cincinnati, OH)

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RestaurantBizSales.com is happy to endorse Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group as one the nation’s premier restaurant/hospitality recruiting firms. Ken’s hands-on approach to placement is second to none. His experience in the restaurant industry facilitates the placement of many qualified personnel. We know that Restaurant Placement Group will find the perfect candidate.”

Donna Prakas, President
Restaurant Biz Sales.com, Inc.

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