John Martin is President of Darden Restaurants’ two fine dining brands – The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s – as well as Seasons 52, a casually sophisticated grill and wine bar featuring a seasonally changing menu. A member of Darden’s Executive Team, John has served as President of The Capital Grille since 2004 and President of Eddie V’s since 2014. He was named President of Seasons 52 in July 2018.
The Capital Grille has more than 50 locations and annual sales of $461 million; Eddie V’s has more than 20 locations and $144 million in annual sales; and Seasons 52 has more than 40 locations with annual sales of $253 million.
John joined The Capital Grille in 1990 as a manager at the first restaurant in Providence, RI, and held several positions of increasing responsibility before being promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2001. He was named President of the company three years later.
John started his restaurant career in 1986 at Hemenway’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar, which was founded by Ned Grace, who also started The Capital Grille and several other restaurants.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management, as well as an honorary doctorate in Business Administration and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, where he is also a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.
Darden owns and operates more than 1,700 Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s restaurants in North America, employing more than 185,000 people and serving nearly 400 million guests annually.