In the early 1990s, Phil Greifeld and two partners tried to make a go of operating home-furnishings stores in the Northeast. It didn’t work out, and by 1995 they liquidated the business. “Then I had to go out and look for a job,” he said. Luckily, Quad-C Inc., which backed Greifeld’s venture, had recently purchased Atlanta-based Huddle House and invited him to join the Huddle House management team. He first served as chief financial officer and became chief executive in 1998. ...

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