People play as crucial a role as financing in helping restaurant brands grow successfully, according to executives representing the five 2013 Hot Concepts winners: Fresh To Order, Max’s Wine Dive, Modmarket, Piada Italian Street Food and Umami Burger. Pierre Panos, founder and chief executive of the eight-unit Fresh to Order, based in Alpharetta, Ga., said his company has a robust training program and promotes its general managers from within. “We have a very intensive ...

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