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Dallas Startup Week is a free five day event highlighting the amazing startup culture of Dallas. Join in for a few events hosted all around town to learn, network and help make Dallas better for everyone. 

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Phil Romano

Philip J. Romano an investor, entrepreneur and nationally-renowned restaurateur. Involved in the restaurant business for over 40 years, Romano has created over 25 concepts and received numerous honors, including one of the top 20 restaurateurs in 2000. He currently owns and operates eatZi’s Market & Bakery, Nick & Sam’s Steak & Fish House, Nick & Sam’s Grill, and Coal Vines Pizza. From 1989 through 2002, Romano served as a joint venture partner of Brinker International as national operator, developer and franchisor of numerous restaurant concepts, including Chili’s Grill & Bar and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. He previously was a principal in EGP, a partnership that held the licensing rights to the Palmaz-Schatz Stint, one of the most successful medical devices of its time and considered one of the patents that has changed the world. Romano wrote a book entitled Food for Thought in 2005 that made the CEO Best Sellers List. He has been inducted in to the Dallas Business Hall of Fame and the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He and his family established The Food Foundation, which operates as Hunger Busters a 501(c)(3) organization that provides food to the hungry and serves more than 150,000 schoolchildren in Dallas. Romano is also an established artist.