Powered by our purpose, we believe people are the heart of our industry.

our purpose

We Are Agents of Change

We are here to make the restaurant industry equitable and inclusive, where all faces and flavors have a seat at the table.

We do this through education, development and early-stage investment in the people and brands who represent the cultural fabric of this country.

Meet Our Team

Lauren Fernandez

CEO + Founder

James Kahler


Lissa Bowen


Stephanie Rachmeler

Dir. of Marketing + Creative

“I’ve built, run and sold 11 successful restaurants. I know what it takes. And now I want to help you do it too.”

- lauren

In the News


Nation's Restaurant News 2022 Power List

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Restaurant Investment Group Launches to Support Restaurateurs


4 Keys to Retaining Restaurant Talent During ‘The Great Resignation’

referral partners

Earn 10% of our consulting fees from any new client you refer to us

Our Ideal Client

Casual restaurant space
(fast casual to casual dining);

A differentiated offering;

A proven concept
(from 1-10 units);

Independently owned and operated; and

Run by solid leadership team

What You Can Do

Gauge interest. If you know someone who may be a good fit, first gauge their interest in growth and investment.

Ask to make an intro. If they’re interested at all, then ask to make an introduction.

Send me an email. Make a warm intro and I’ll take it from there.