Education Sessions Schedule

Sticking to the Fundamentals of the Restaurant Business

As time goes on, the restaurant industry gets challenged, but it all boils down to good food, hospitality, and culture. Join a solo presentation with this legendary restaurant operator to learn more about keeping the main thing, the main thing. 


Sunday, July 14, 2019


3:30pm - 4:15pm


Big Bend Big Ideas Stage


Johnny Carrabba, Johnny Carrabba Family of Restaurants


Johnny Carraba

Johnny Carrabba

Proudly born and raised in the East End of Houston, Johnny Carrabba III was raised in his parent’s family-owned grocery store, Carrabba’s Friendly Grocery. In 1986, Johnny opened The Original Carrabba’s on Kirby Drive. The second location on South Voss Road opened its doors in 1988. In 1993, Outback Steakhouse created a joint venture partnership opening over 250 Carrabba’s Italian Grill Restaurants nationwide. Johnny and his family continue to own and operate the two original Carrabba’s locations. In 2012, the family’s new fast-casual concept, Mia’s Table, opened behind the Original Carrabba’s on Kirby. In 2014, Grace’s, affectionately named after Johnny’s grandmother, Grace Mandola, opened its doors forging the fourth family-owned and operated restaurant. Mia’s Table opened its second location in Shenandoah, in 2018 and the third location in Webster, in 2019. Mia’s Table continues to grow throughout the greater Houston area as future locations include Katy, Cypress, and Memorial City.