Darryl “Chip” Wade
Darryl L. (“Chip”) Wade, age 60, became one of our directors in April 2021. Having served previously as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group, LLC (USHG) since 2019, Mr. Wade became USHG’s Chief Executive Officer on September 6, 2022. USHG is the parent company of numerous award-winning and acclaimed restaurants such as Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and The Modern, as well as a multifaceted catering and events and restaurant consulting business. Mr. Wade joined USHG in 2019 after having served as the EVP of Operations for Red Lobster Seafood Company, a position he held from 2012 to 2018, both while it was owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc. and after its divestiture to Golden Gate Capital. Mr. Wade also served as the Chief Operations Officer for Legal Sea Foods Restaurant Group from 2004 to 2006 and held several senior executive positions at Darden, including Senior Vice President of Smokey Bones BBQ and the Director of Revitalization for Olive Garden Restaurants. Mr. Wade began his career in 1985, as a manager for TGI Friday’s. In 1989, Mr. Wade was promoted as a general manager for TGIF in Boston and spent the first 14 years of his career with TGIF and its parent, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, including as Executive Director of Human Resources and Executive Director of Non-Traditional Development and Domestic Franchise Sales.