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Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: RIP Shawn Foster ()
Date: June 20, 2013 07:23AM

Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
He died June 10 at age 47.
http://chantilly.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/fosters-grille-founder-shawn-foster-dies_3f379a48

Shawn Foster, the founder and creator of Foster’s Grille the popular “charburger” franchise in Northern Virginia, including Chantilly, died earlier this month, two weeks shy of his 48th birthday, according to a Wilmington Star-News obituary.
A funeral service for Foster was held Thursday in Wilmington, N.C., according to the obituary. He died June 10.

Foster’s Grille is well known throughout Virginia where there are nine locations, including one in Old Town Manassas and two in Prince William County.

There are 16 Foster’s Grille locations across Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Florida. Six, including the Old Town Manassas location are owned by Foster’s Grille Companies while the others are franchises.

Foster’s Franchise Concepts, a company that supports owners of Foster’s Grille franchises is based in Haymarket in western Prince William County.
Shawn Foster and the Foster’s Grille Companies announced in May that the company was relaunching its franchising program with plans to expand the company's presence to 50 stores in the mid-Atlantic region and the Southeast, according to a press release issued May 22 by Mike Cerny president of the Foster’s Grille Company.

Foster is survived by Nancy Foster, his wife of more than 20 years, and two sons, Drew and Dillon.

Foster's Grille in Chantilly
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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: 496 ()
Date: June 20, 2013 01:18PM

Too many burgers......

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Crikey! ()
Date: June 20, 2013 01:50PM

Fosters....Australian for dead.

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Foster’s Grille
Posted by: RIP Shawn Foster ()
Date: June 20, 2013 01:57PM

Foster’s Grille
http://www2.qsrmagazine.com/articles/ones_to_watch/113/fosters-1.phtml

Attention to detail and fabulously fresh ingredients equal success for this neighborhood restaurant chain.

When Shawn Foster opened the first Foster’s Grille in 1999, he brought with him a wealth of experience as a chef in high-end restaurants. “We’d been doing it for a lot of other companies. We decided to do it ourselves,” he says. The “we” included him and his wife, Nancy, who also had a lifetime of experience in the restaurant industry. “We wanted it to be fast-casual, a little neighborhood bar and grill. I’d never thought it would become more than one unit.”

Soon, through comment cards, they discovered that customers wanted one of those friendly neighborhood spots in their own neighborhoods. The Fosters responded. “Over the course of five years I opened six stores,” he says from the company’s headquarters in Haymarket, Virginia.

Today there are 23 units—16 are franchised—operating throughout the eastern part of the country. Plans to open 15–20 stores per year through 2010 are all a part of what Foster calls “controlled growth.”

Foster’s Grille is known for both a fun and casual atmosphere and delicious food. All menu items are made fresh to order, with the claim to fame being the proprietary Charburger. The burger is a half pound of beef topped with the freshest of ingredients. Another customer favorite is the grilled hot dog.

Other items include a chicken sandwich, which Foster says is almost as popular as the Charburger, roasted beef and turkey sandwiches, a garden burger, salads, chicken wings, and a kid’s menu. All meals include hand-cut french fries and a choice of freshly squeezed lemonade or one of the famous Foster’s extra thick milkshakes (units also sell tap beer, which is extra). The cost of an adult meal is $6 to $9. Kids’ meals are about $4.25. Homemade dessert offerings include cookies and cake and costs begin at just $1.

“Everything we use is fresh and of great quality. It’s simple, but great.” Foster says. This concept can be found companywide with great results. Franchises have won numerous awards in their respective communities, including Best Burger, Best Hot Dog, Best French Fries, and Best Family-Friendly Restaurant.

When diners walk into a Foster’s Grille, they find an open warehouse look. The dining rooms are decked out with exposed brick walls, open industrial-style ceilings, wainscoting, and an eclectic mix of advertising signage, mirrors, and similar vintage items. In each unit the body of a stock car can be seen hanging from the ceiling. Foster’s has sponsored three such cars over the years.

Customers are involved from the minute they arrive. They fill out their own order slip, circling the toppings they want. They hand in the order slip, which is then given to the kitchen. When the order is ready, their name is called out, they raise their hands and the food is brought hot and sizzling to the table.

Community plays an important role at every unit. The company has a Dining for Dollars program that allows local charities and nonprofit groups to share in the profits. For example, a Little League team will sign up for a specific night. Diners then drop their receipts in a jar with the name of the group on it and 10 percent of the evening’s receipts are donated to the group.

Foster’s Grille
President and CEO: Shawn Foster
HQ: Haymarket, Virginia
Year Started: 1999
Annual Sales: $10 million
Total Units: 23
Franchise Units: 16
www.fostersgrille.com “It doesn’t matter if you’re a businessman or woman, student, construction worker, with kids. The look of the warehouse, it’s already scratched and dented, antique. It’s relaxed. I can put my feet up and be myself, be comfortable. It doesn’t have that sterile tiled look,” Foster says. “It’s a very special, unique atmosphere that Shawn created here,” says Tom Palazzo, vice president of franchise development.

That family-friendly feeling is also extended to franchisees. Foster calls the restaurants a “Chef-driven concept.” And although he points out someone doesn’t have to be a chef, he says, “If a person owns it, they become a restaurateur.”
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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: timmay ()
Date: June 20, 2013 02:31PM

His obituary says he died "suddenly". And that he loved his Harley.

There may be a connection.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: MoreInfo ()
Date: June 20, 2013 02:33PM

To many burgers and fries.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: RIP Shawn Foster ()
Date: June 20, 2013 02:36PM

Shawn Foster Obituary
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/starnewsonline/obituary.aspx?n=shawn-foster&pid=165297469#fbLoggedOut

SHAWN FOSTER Shawn Foster of Wilmington, NC, and West Seneca, NY passed away suddenly on Monday, June 10, 2013. He was born in Buffalo, New York on June 25, 1965. Shawn was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. During his culinary career, he became Corporate Chef of the Palm Restaurants where he opened numerous stores. He later was the creator and founder of Foster's Grille. Shawn enjoyed ocean fishing, golf, and spending time with his family. He was an avid motorcyclist who enjoyed taking road trips on his Harley-Davidson. Surviving are his wife of over 20 years, Nancy Foster; two sons, Drew Foster and Dillon Foster two brothers, Blair Foster (Marge) of Tonawanda, NY, and Mark Dyl (Sherrie) of Cheektowaga, NY. many loving nieces and nephews and his lifetime friend, Mike Mack. He also leaves behind an honorary daughter, Makayla Boggs. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his sons' college education fund: Foster Children Education Fund, c/o Wells Fargo, 1120 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Officer Friendly ()
Date: June 20, 2013 02:38PM

Can anyone account for the whereabouts of all Five Guys at the time of death?

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Fraidy Cop ()
Date: June 20, 2013 02:46PM

Officer Friendly Wrote:
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> Can anyone account for the whereabouts of all Five
> Guys at the time of death?

They dunked him in the handmade house dressing to make him talk. It took 5 of them to lift him.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Is It True? ()
Date: June 20, 2013 04:06PM

Are the sons his foster children?

What's the cause of death?

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: foster'slover ()
Date: June 20, 2013 07:40PM

Shit... so sad... Foster's is the best fucking burger place in town. Thank you Shawn for awesome burgers...

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Enrico Palazzo ()
Date: June 20, 2013 07:43PM

Never heard of the fucking place.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Tough One ()
Date: June 20, 2013 08:14PM

Enrico Palazzo Wrote:
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> Never heard of the fucking place.


There's one in Vienna, and somewhere else in FFX. The one in Fairfax City shut down, they aren't bad for what they offer. Good wings, burgers, beer.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Riptide ()
Date: June 20, 2013 09:14PM

It's none of my business, but if his business pulls in $10 million a year, wouldn't one presume his wife and kids are set for life? The article states donations are to be sent to a fund set up for his kids' college education. I figured this guy was rich?

R.i.p. and peace and healing to his family and friends.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: ott ()
Date: June 20, 2013 09:29PM

Riptide Wrote:
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> It's none of my business, but if his business
> pulls in $10 million a year, wouldn't one presume
> his wife and kids are set for life? The article
> states donations are to be sent to a fund set up
> for his kids' college education. I figured this
> guy was rich?
>
> R.i.p. and peace and healing to his family and
> friends.


Yeah, you would think she could handle putting two kids through school.

But some greedy bastards will never pass up a shakedown.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: bomble ()
Date: June 20, 2013 09:42PM

Their food is really quite good. Sad.

Rest in peace.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: High Earners = Obamas wet dream ()
Date: June 20, 2013 10:09PM

Riptide Wrote:
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> It's none of my business, but if his business
> pulls in $10 million a year, wouldn't one presume
> his wife and kids are set for life? The article
> states donations are to be sent to a fund set up
> for his kids' college education. I figured this
> guy was rich?
>
> R.i.p. and peace and healing to his family and
> friends.


After expenses, and Obamas wealth redistribution, he is lucky to have $800,000 a year cleared after taxes.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: its getting old ()
Date: June 21, 2013 07:15AM

There we go! Always some asshole that finds a way to make a political comment no matter what the thread topic may be.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Citizen X ()
Date: June 21, 2013 07:18AM

...and another asshole pointing it out.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: asdfadfasdf ()
Date: June 21, 2013 07:58AM

It does surprise me that figure of 10 million a year.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: RIP ()
Date: June 21, 2013 09:54AM

RIP Shawn Foster Wrote:
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> Shawn Foster Obituary
> http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/starnewsonline/ob
> ituary.aspx?n=shawn-foster&pid=165297469#fbLoggedO
> ut
>
> SHAWN FOSTER Shawn Foster of Wilmington, NC, and
> West Seneca, NY passed away suddenly on Monday,
> June 10, 2013. He was born in Buffalo, New York on
> June 25, 1965. Shawn was a graduate of the
> Culinary Institute of America. During his culinary
> career, he became Corporate Chef of the Palm
> Restaurants where he opened numerous stores. He
> later was the creator and founder of Foster's
> Grille. Shawn enjoyed ocean fishing, golf, and
> spending time with his family. He was an avid
> motorcyclist who enjoyed taking road trips on his
> Harley-Davidson. Surviving are his wife of over 20
> years, Nancy Foster; two sons, Drew Foster and
> Dillon Foster two brothers, Blair Foster (Marge)
> of Tonawanda, NY, and Mark Dyl (Sherrie) of
> Cheektowaga, NY. many loving nieces and nephews
> and his lifetime friend, Mike Mack. He also leaves
> behind an honorary daughter, Makayla Boggs. A
> memorial service will be held at 2 PM Thursday,
> June 13, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Market Street
> Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
> to his sons' college education fund: Foster
> Children Education Fund, c/o Wells Fargo, 1120
> Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405.
> Condolences may be sent to the family at
> www.andrewsmortuary.com

Looks like it happened last week.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: MBA ()
Date: June 21, 2013 08:18PM

Annual sales are $10mil.... after that you have to subtract expenses, which include: salaries, operational costs, uitilities, buying food, and etc. Get the picture? This family may not be as rich as you think, so quit judging. Funerals are fucking expensive also.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: ????????? ()
Date: June 22, 2013 04:26PM

MBA Wrote:
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> Annual sales are $10mil.... after that you have to
> subtract expenses, which include: salaries,
> operational costs, uitilities, buying food, and
> etc. Get the picture? This family may not be as
> rich as you think, so quit judging. Funerals are
> fucking expensive also.

Nice use of math, this guy and his family were loaded idiot.

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Re: Foster's Grille Founder Shawn Foster Dies
Posted by: Whattttt ()
Date: June 23, 2013 01:29AM

MBA Wrote:
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> Annual sales are $10mil.... after that you have to
> subtract expenses, which include: salaries,
> operational costs, uitilities, buying food, and
> etc. Get the picture? This family may not be as
> rich as you think, so quit judging. Funerals are
> fucking expensive also.

Yeah, guess HE should have planned better, Shit For Brains.

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