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NRA Unveils 15 Finalists For Operator Innovations Awards

An independent panel of judges has selected the finalists for the National Restaurant Association's inaugural Operator Innovations Awards.

Three finalists have been selected in each of five categories:


  • Evelyn Hill
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Uncommon Ground


  • HMSHost Airport Terminals
  • SMART Restaurant Group/Which Wich
  • Stacked Restaurants

Food Safety

  • Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Sodexo North America
  • Waffle House

Health and Nutrition

  • Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services
  • Sodexo School Services
  • UCSF Medical Center

Menu Development

  • Sodexo School Services 
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Healthcare

Click here for full details on all the finalists.

The winners in each category, plus an Innovator of the Year selected from all finalists, will be announced on May 5 at the NRA’s inaugural “Destination: Celebration” event, which kicks off the annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago.

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