Tony Penn has been a figure in hospitality for three decades – whether for Food Network titan Chef Aaron Sanchez, for venture-backed chains prepping for a national rollout, to helping single-unit owner/operators restore their labor of love to highly profitable operation. Known for being behind numerous distinctive food and beverage experiences in multiple genres, Tony has an exceptional record of accelerating growth, enhancing operating efficiency, and delivering immediate and tangible results in corporate, entrepreneurial, and franchise environments.
Most recently, Tony has been behind the renovation and reinvention of the iconic Ruby’s Diner concept. With Ruby’s having been purchased out of bankruptcy, Tony is leading a team of industry experts to upgrade the food, operations and marketing systems of the existing Ruby’s, as well as creating a new Ruby’s Diner 2.0 that will begin opening locations in 2023.
He was responsible for the restaurant operations of all Chef Sanchez concepts, which included 11 House of Blues restaurants, Mestizo in Leawood, Kansas, Johnny Sanchez (Baltimore & New Orleans), and Paloma in Stamford, Connecticut. He is now based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While Tony can point to expertise in the usual skills — new concept development, operations management, training, systems development, and pre-and post-opening support – what makes Tony most sought after is his highly collaborative working style.