G.J. Hart is the CEO at Torchy’s Tacos, a craft fast-casual restaurant concept that serves Damn Good tacos to guests in a fun, unique atmosphere at more than 85 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina. Torchy’s Tacos was founded in Austin, TX in 2006 by Mike Rypka – a chef with a passion for unique and innovative tacos, a mobile trailer and a red Vespa to deliver Damn Good tacos to the people of Austin. A highly respected industry leader with 36 years of foodservice operations and management experience, G.J. has a proven track record of growing casual and fast-casual dining concepts. Prior to joining Torchy’s, he served as executive chairman and CEO of Los Angeles-based California Pizza Kitchen. Prior to CPK, he served as president and CEO of Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse where he expanded the brand to more than 450 restaurants in 49 states and two international markets.