Co-founder & CEO
Ted’s Montana Grill
George McKerrow, Jr. is a 30-year veteran of the restaurant business with a history of success in both fine dining and casual concepts. Nation’s Restaurant News has called him a “dinner-house legend” who pays careful attention to the financial aspects of the business and credits him with giving “birth to an entire casual-dining segment” twenty years ago when he founded LongHorn Steakhouse Inc.
McKerrow entered the restaurant business as a teenager. After graduating from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Political Science, he bought the Log Cabin Supper Club in West Virginia. He joined the Victoria’s Station restaurant chain in 1974 and was a Southeast regional manager when he left the company in 1980.
McKerrow opened LongHorn Steaks as a neighborhood restaurant in 1981, a time when Atlanta had few choices in casual dining. He successfully evolved that single Atlanta location into RARE Hospitality International, a nationwide casual dining group with 190 locations, which today includes the Bugaboo Creek and Capital Grille chains. He co-founded We’re Cookin’ Inc. in 1996 with Atlanta chef Gerry Klaskala and Ron San Martin, the former CFO of LongHorn. The restaurant group now has two award-winning, fine dining restaurants in Atlanta: Aria and Canoe.
In 2002 George and Ted Turner partnered in the Ted’s Montana Grill restaurants and now operate over 50 restaurants across the country.