SEATTLE Pioneering restaurateur Gretchen Mathers passed away Aug. 7 from cancer, said longtime employer Schwartz Bros. Restaurants. Her age was not disclosed, but local press reports said Mathers was 66. A former director of the National Restaurant Association, Mathers rose to prominence during the 1980s on the success of her Gretchen's of Course restaurants and a catering operation here. The five restaurants were renowned for their salads, including Mathers' signature, a chicken ...

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