David French got an early taste of the restaurant business in high school when he took a job as a busboy at Jake’s Above the Square in Pittsburgh. Later in college he spent three years managing a student restaurant on the Wesleyan campus for Marriott. His conclusion: “It’s easier managing a restaurant than being a busboy; I have a lot of respect for people who do that job.”After college French headed down to Washington, D.C., where he worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to a number ...

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