G.J. Hart is the CEO at Torchy’s Tacos, a fast-casual restaurant concept that serves Damn Good tacos to guests in a fun, unique atmosphere at more than 60 locations in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Prior to joining Torchy’s, he served as Executive Chairman and CEO of California Pizza Kitchen, the
pioneer of creative dining with a California vibe. Prior to CPK, he served as President and CEO of Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse restaurants where he expanded the brand to more than 450 restaurants in 49 states and two international markets. A foodservice veteran with more than 36 years of experience, Hart received one of the industry’s highest honors in 2017 when he was named the winner of the International Foodservice Manufacturers
Association’s 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Full Service category.