Our Satisfied Clients

At Restaurant Placement Group, we take tremendous pride in the level of personal service we devote to each and every client, and the mutual trust and rapport we establish. Our clients rely upon us repeatedly as their needs — and their business — continue to grow.  And we’re particularly proud of the fact that most of our business now comes from repeat clients  and personal referrals.

See for yourself 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.) (Orlando, FL and nationwide)



I have worked with Ken Spahn for a number of years and have always had great success in my hires. Finding qualified candidates has become extreme challenging on our own, especially now,  and Restaurant Placement Group has done all the work to get the best available candidates best suited for Smith & Wollensky. We will continue to rely on their expertise and understanding of the market and its needs. Thank you, Ken!”


Henry Delgado, Managing Partner
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse (Miami Beach, FL)

When it comes to personalized attention and service, Ken Spahn has been a top notch performer. His professionalism, inside understanding of the restaurant business, 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, South Florida, and elsewhere)


Thank you, Ken Spahn for your intense efforts and wonderful follow-up to present us with candidates of excellence. With our new recruiting challenges in this post-COVID arena, you really came through in your proactive approach to select and deliver candidates in a spontaneous fashion. You have a keen eye for matching the nature and talent of the candidate with the hospitality culture of our unique property. We boast of employees with great tenure, and you were certainly Spot On!”  Much appreciated.


Sandy Tagliavia, Director of Human Resources
Riverside Hotel (est. 1936) Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ken, since working with you and Restaurant Placement Group, we have had a sense of security and faith that the right candidates are being sent our way. You are always just a text or phone call away, and with how busy our team is, your prompt and effective communication really went a long way for us. You really took a personal approach to our needs, and made the entire process pleasant and efficient.
Thank you so much Ken for all your hard work and dedication to finding us “the best of the best” for DUNE by Laurent Tourondel!”

Steven Carro, Managing Partner
DUNE by Lauren Tourondel / WeChef Hospitality (various operations in Florida, NYC, The Hamptons, Philadelphia, and elsewhere)


Restaurant Placement Group is easily the best recruiting firm I have ever worked with. Since day one, Ken has proven himself to be the best recruiter in the industry. He delivered multiple qualified and professional candidates quickly, and set up interviews with a sense of urgency. Ken provides personalized services, and his intimate knowledge of the industry allows him to understand terminology and the intricacies of my business. It truly feels like Ken is on my side through every step of the recruiting process. I have already started referring Restaurant Placement Group to others, and I would highly suggest everyone in the industry have Ken’s business card handy.”


Russ Graham, Owner
Ambrosia Prime Seafood & Steaks (Watersound, FL)

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, allowing me to spend my valuable time on other things. Thanks again.”

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


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 – all with the utmost precision, personal attention, and professionalism. Thanks to Ken’s diligence, Mai Kai has a new Executive Chef capable of continuing its 65-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)


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 (Numerous locations throughout Florida)


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, professionalism, and genuine concern for our extremely high volume 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 Beach, FL) (est. 1913)


I cannot recommend RPG and Ken Spahn enough. The efforts put into curating and vetting candidates, and the quality of candidates submitted, saved me countless hours of the interviewing process, and allowed me to focus on my business and engage my time only with the most qualified candidates. We have already engaged Ken for new projects.”


Chris Miracolo, Corporate Chef
The Restaurant People (Numerous operations in south Florida, including YOLO, Boatyard, S3, Casablanca Café, Spatch, TRP Taste, Tarpon River Brewery, and others)


Ken and his team were very professional and helpful in finding high quality management candidates for our polished casual restaurant. He was able to attract a much better caliber of candidates than what we were finding online or through other hiring platforms. Ken took the time to understand our brand and our needs, and found candidates that fit our culture and concept. He was helpful, efficient and extremely responsive.”

Dave Magrogan, CEO
Dave Magrogan Group (Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, LocalGreens, Red Star Craft House, Kildare’s Irish Pub, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, and other concepts throughout PA, NJ, DE, and FL)

Ken Spahn of the Restaurant Placement Group is a valuable asset to restaurant operators. Throughout the entire process, Mr. Spahn was totally perceptive to our restaurant’s unique needs, all while maintaining a commendable level of discretion and professionalism. Ken went through extraordinary efforts to find the right people who will help ensure our iconic restaurant continues to thrive through its seventh decade, and beyond. I would recommend Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group to any serious restaurant operator.”

Stephen Bruce, Owner
Serendipity 3 (New York City)

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 historic restaurant flourishing, but also moving 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)


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, Miami, Tampa, and Orlando, FL)



Since day one, we felt we were in good hands with Ken Spahn. Ken’s professionalism, know-how, personal approach, and impeccable timing in the hiring process made a tremendous difference and provided us with high-quality candidates we could not find before. We hired a key position within few weeks, and we are set for success.  Thank you, Ken!”

Luca Delogu, Operating Partner / General Manager
TUR Kitchen (Coral Gables, FL)


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)


Ken, I would like to personally 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


Ken, I wish to take a moment to send you a sincere THANK YOU! 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
Casa D’ Angelo / Angelo Elia Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas (numerous locations throughout Florida and The Bahamas)


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)


Ken, once again, your dedication to finding the right fit for our restaurant and eagerness to understand our specific needs has been beyond helpful, and has made this process much easier from start to finish. We have valued your professionalism and perseverance throughout what is normally a stressful aspect of owning and operating a restaurant, and can’t thank you enough for all that you do. I really appreciate all of your help -– again!”

Blake Merrill, Proprietor The Half Shell (St. Simons Island, GA) 

Ken is a true partner.  I never had to “project manage” him or follow-up on his search efforts.  He kept me informed throughout the entire process.  He saved me tremendous amount of time and anticipated my needs.  Ken Spahn is now an invaluable member of our team.  I highly recommend his services.”

Christina Chae, COO
Spring Shabu-Shabu / Sahn Management Group (Various locations including Boston, MA; Flushing, NY; Englewood, NJ; and elsewhere)

I want to personally thank Ken Spahn and his Restaurant Placement Group for helping me and my business grow. Ken is a professional, trustworthy individual that actually takes pride in understanding his clients and their needs. Ken is extremely knowledgeable and connected in the hospitality industry, and has been very diligent in creating a great list of qualified candidates. I would absolutely recommend Ken Spahn and his company to anyone in this industry.”

Jeff John, CEO Damn Good Hospitality, LLC (various concepts including C.W.S., Stache, America’s Backyard, Revolution Live, and more).

Ken Spahn of the Restaurant Placement Group successfully found our new Executive Chef for Hotel Astor, and I highly recommend him for anyone thinking of using a similar service. Ken was highly efficient and thorough throughout the search, and served the right candidates with the expected profiles “on a platter” to the team at Hotel Astor. My dealings with Ken were quick and efficient, and saved my office a lot of time and effort. All the candidates presented were vetted and were in line with what we were looking for.

It is clear that the Restaurant Placement Group has a solid network and has the correct experience to deal with recruitment request within the hospitality industry. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ken for his assistance and wish him every success with his company.”

Robert van Eerde, CEO & Founder
Stem Hotels and Hotel Astor (Miami Beach, FL)

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 other concepts)


Ken’s knowledge and expertise is a huge advantage to our recruiting in smaller markets, resulting in hiring talented professionals in our Gulf Coast locations. Ken has placed multiple candidates for our restaurant group throughout the years, including several Executive Chefs and Sous Chefs. All hired candidates have proven to be long-term valuable assets to our team.”


Bryan Housley, President
The Grand Marlin (Panama City Beach, FL and Pensacola Beach, FL)

We found Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group on a Google search, which puts immediate skepticism of who’s at the other end of the link.  His forward and yet soft-spoken style put us at ease, and invoked a sense of trust and respect. Ken’s in-depth notes about candidates, and the fact that he personally screens them for the right fit is a tremendous plus in this impersonal world of web-based business.  We ended up with a highly qualified Sommelier and Manager (no easy task in Highlands, NC!).  We recommended Ken to another restaurateur, and they too have been pleasantly impressed with Ken and the Executive Chef he secured.

We are undergoing another search at this time, knowing that Ken will fill our current needs again. Naturally, we look forward to doing business with Ken in the future, and recommend Restaurant Placement Group to others.”

Arthur Paoletti, Owner
Ristorante Paoletti (Highlands, NC)

We have relied upon Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group several times to fill various key positions, and he has always come through like a champ. We’re particularly impressed with the caliber of candidates Ken presents, and his insightful summaries and additional information he provides. Ken has helped relieve us from the burden of finding qualified chefs and managers, allowing us to focus directly on running our restaurants.  We will continue to use him for our future needs, and would recommend Ken and Restaurant Placement Group to other restaurant operators.” 

Jon Friedman, Director of Restaurant Operations

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar (numerous locations throughout PA, FL, and NJ)


Ken, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the fine work you and Restaurant Placement Group have provided. You responded quickly to our very demanding 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, and multiple other concepts throughout South Florida)


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 (Numerous concepts throughout GA and FL)


“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)


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)


We have used Ken Spahn from Restaurant Placement Group several times to find qualified talent for our hotel restaurants, and found his services always professional and expeditious. We can highly recommend his recruitment & placement services for restaurant and hospitality professionals.”


Heiko Dobrikow, Executive VP and Hotel General Manager,
The Riverside Hotel & The Las Olas Company (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)


Ken, On behalf of The Railyard, I would like to personally thank you for all your valuable help and guidance. We know it was not easy to find someone of such high caliber to start up and lead a 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, Executive Vice President / COO
The Railyard (Gillette, WY)


After spending so many months trying to find a suitable chef, we called Ken Spahn at Restaurant Placement Group – and in less than one week, we had our new Executive Chef! He then found our new Executive Sous Chef – also within one week. Throughout the entire process, Ken was most helpful, insightful, and responsive.  He proved to be a valuable partner in our ongoing operations.
Joey Gianuzzi, Co-Owner
Farmer’s Table (North Palm Beach and Boca Raton, FL)

Ken Spahn DELIVERS. The level of screening and the additional details he provided for applicants exceeded my expectations.  Every single candidate he produced was qualified to suit our needs.  Ken’s knowledge and experience in the restaurant industry, further contributed to his ability of matching candidates for a position.”

Monica Morrissey, General Manager

Namba Ramen & Sushi (Naples, FL)

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. From start to finish, Ken and his team were top notch!  Ken presented a solid list of outstanding candidates. From thorough information gathering to the timely updates provided throughout the process, I knew 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/Co-Owner The Half Shell (St. Simons Island, GA)


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. (Deck 84, Burt & Max’s, Prezzo, Henry’s, Bogart’s, and a multitude of other operations)


Ken, I want to thank you for the excellent service you’ve provided, and for your outstanding level of professionalism and personal attention. You provided exceptional candidates under very demanding circumstances. This is the happiest I’ve ever been working with a recruiter. I love what you do and the results we achieved working together, and I will certainly rely upon you and Restaurant Placement Group again as our staffing needs continue to grow.”

Howard A. Shiller, President
Celebrity Ventures of Pittsburgh, Inc. (Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36, Hines Ward’s Tavern 86, Eddie George’s Grill 27, etc. (Pittsburgh, PA, Columbus, OH, and elsewhere)

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 restaurants, catering, golf course, and overall 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)


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. (Orlando, FL and nationwide)


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)


Dear Ken, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all your efforts in assisting Legal Sea Foods with our search for managers. We were thoroughly impressed with the quality and quantity of candidates you provided, and your quick turnaround. It meant so much to me to know that you were out there looking for good managers on my behalf. I truly appreciate the level of personal service you gave us, and 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)


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)


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)


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 and other concepts, (Naperville, IL; Las Vegas, NV; and nationwide)


What separates Ken from other recruiters is his professionalism, kind demeanor, thoroughness, and prompt response time. Ken also personally vets everyone prior to introduction, and makes sure the people he suggests are the right fit. Ken combines experience and hard work, and is one of the most consummate professionals I have had the pleasure of meeting.”


Joe Gewarges, Beverage Director / Head Sommelier

I was very fortunate to partner with Ken Spahn of Restaurant Placement Group.  He really took the time to understand our restaurants’ needs before vetting and presenting us with the right candidates.  Ken’s follow-through and responsiveness to our feedback really sets him apart from other hospitality recruiters, and we would gladly turn to him again for our hiring needs.”   Gwendal Goulet, Director of Operations Sofia (Englewood, NJ) and Tosca (Bronx, NY)   


Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group have once again found a key staff member for us. Both our Kitchen and Front of House are now led by team members that Ken has discovered for us.
He saved us the immense amount of time, effort and resources required to hire the perfect personnel, which has become especially difficult during the COVID hiring debacle that has gripped our industry. Without hesitation, I will continue to use Ken Spahn for any key staffing needs in the future.”
Derek Panaia, Owner

Seafood Street Eatery (Boca Raton, FL)

Ken Spahn of Restaurant Placement Group found our new CFO and our Culinary Director, 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.


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)


As a restaurateur for over 40 years, I am tremendously 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)


Ken, I want to express how pleased we are with you and your Restaurant Placement Group. You sent us a group of prospects for our General Manager position, all of which were highly qualified and met all our criteria. I am very impressed with your quick response and detailed information, and the sound advice you provided — the best I have ever seen from any agency. Thanks again!”

Louis Shapo, President
LouRonzo’s (Stuart, FL)

Ken, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and Restaurant Placement Group. Once again, you quickly delivered several Chef candidates, who all possessed the skills I was looking for – just as you did several years ago! You certainly demonstrated your passion for service level, and your attention to detail and follow-up were on point. It was a pleasure to work with you again, and I again thank you.”


B. Harris
Food & Beverage Director/Executive Chef
Private Golf Club (confidential) (Broward County, Florida)

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, Grille 401, and others (South Florida)


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 (NYC, Miami, Boston, and nationwide)


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 of Operations to run our restaurants.”

Patrick J. Rooney, President,
General Braddock Brewing Company, Rooney’s Public House (West Palm Beach, FL)

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


Ken, I would like to take a moment to thank you for your great help in finding our Executive Chef.  I have been trying for many months to find a Chef on my own, but was unsuccessful.  I was extremely appreciative how you were able to locate a new Chef for us so quickly, especially during this post-COVID time when help is so hard to find! I especially appreciate the personal and professional service you delivered.  Thank you again.”

Avi Sekerel, President
Sandhill Crane Golf Club/The Dancing Crane, Saquella Café, Prosecco Café, and others (Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton, FL)


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)


Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group has been an invaluable resource for our most recent opening. Ken’s knowledge of the business, personal service 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


Restaurant Placement Group has been instrumental in successfully staffing our first restaurant. Ken Spahn has an unparalleled level of personal service, and we always felt that he cared about our business being successful. Ken continues going above and beyond what was called for. We were fortunate to meet Ken. He is sincere and thorough in his search with the utmost professional integrity, and our team could not have been built without his help. Our group would highly recommend working with Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group.”

Emmanuel Vlahos, Operating Partner Oliv Pit Athenian Grille (Boca Raton, FL)

It is my pleasure to recommend Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group. Ken successfully secured an impressive General Manager for Flying Saucer, and was extremely responsive and engaged throughout the entire process from beginning to end. As we encounter future hiring needs, our first call will be to Restaurant Placement Group.”

Larry Richardson, Vice President, Operations
Eight-O Management, Inc. (Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Lark On The Park, Flying Fish, Meddlesome Moth, etc.) Dallas, TX, and nationwide

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)


It was a true pleasure to work with Ken at the Restaurant Placement Group.  Ken found us a selection of quality applicants that fit our specific needs and budget.  He saved us countless hours by vetting all applicants, and allowed us to focus on interviews with his qualified candidates for the position. We will certainly work with him again in the future when the need arises.”

Derek Panaia, Owner 

Seafood Street Eatery (Boca Raton, FL)


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 partner to keep the talent pipeline full.”

Steven Roberts, V.P. of Operations
The Addison Restaurant Group, LLC. (Boca Raton, FL)


We were really impressed by the level of personalized attention we got from Ken Spahn and Restaurant Placement Group. His boutique approach to our needs was very thorough, and his personal commitment and  level of follow up was something we had not found with other firms.”

Thierry Beaud, Director of Operations & Managing Partner

Titou Hospitality Group (The Regional Kitchen & Public House, PB Catch, Pistache, and other concepts throughout south Florida)


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)

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)


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 concepts (Miami, FL)


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)


I placed a call to Ken Spahn of Restaurant Placement, 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 two restaurants. Whenever I have a hiring need in the future, the first call will go to Ken at RPG.”

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


My experience working with Ken Spahn and RestaurantPlacement.com has always been top tier.  His professionalism, integrity and understanding of my specific business needs is always stellar. With Ken at the helm of your placement needs, you can rest assured you are in great hands.”

Peter Best, Founder and President

Best Restaurant Group (Multiple concepts including Streets, Cooks & Captains, Negril Village, & SoCo)  Brooklyn, NY and elsewhere)


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, and your knowledge of our industry. 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)


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.


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


“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)


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.