Monday, November 14, 2016


Bob Amick, Owner and Founder of Concentrics Restaurants, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Winners announced at the Georgia Restaurant Association’s 10th Annual GRACE Awards 

L to R: Bob Amick, Karen Bremer (President of the GRA) and Doug McKendrick of McKendrick’s Steakhouse (Lifetime Achievement Award presenter and 2015 recipient)

Atlanta, GA (November 14, 2016) – Bob Amick, Owner and Founder of Concentrics Restaurants received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association on Sunday, November 13th at their 10th annual GRACE Awards Gala held at The Delta Flight Museum. The GRACE Awards Gala is the Georgia Restaurant Association’s (GRA) annual black-tie event honoring Georgia’s restaurant industry. For a full list of winners click here.

Amick and his Concentrics concepts have been nominated for several James Beard Awards including “Outstanding Restaurateur” and “Best Restaurant”. Top chefs such as Richard Blais, Todd Ginsberg, Joe Schafer, Nick Melvin, Zeb Stevenson, Scott Serpas, Todd Stein and more come from the Concentrics family. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by your peers. Thought it is a lifetime achievement award, I am looking forward to continuing to create over the next decade,” explains Amick. At the awards ceremony, Amick acknowledged the people on his Concentrics team, including partner Todd Rushing, as invaluable in terms of his success.

Amick has plans to open 14 more Concentrics concepts between 2017 and early 2018.

As a special 10 year celebration of the GRACE Awards, recognition was given to the finalists and honorees from the past decade. Jim Stacy, host of the Cooking Channel's “Offbeat Eats” and owner of Pallookaville Fine Foods, served as the Master of Ceremonies.

About Bob Amick:
Bob Amick launched his journey in the restaurant industry washing dishes in a pizzeria at age 12, working his way up the ladder. Following graduation from Oglethorpe University, Amick joined Stouffer’s Hotels where he was a member of the national opening and training team. Following Stouffer’s, in 1974, he became a partner in Peasant Restaurants where he grew the company from 1 to 42 locations nationally. Here, he had a heavy hand in creating Mick’s Restaurants and City Grill, among other concepts. After the successful expansion, Amick and his partners sold to Quantum Restaurant Group in 1989. Amick stayed on as CEO, taking the company public (oversaw IPO and secondary offerings) under Morton’s Restaurant Group. In 1998, following his time at Peasant Restaurants, Amick opened the highly acclaimed Killer Creek Chophouse. Amick sold Killer Creek in 2001 and started the development of a series of high profile, chef-driven dining experiences in the burgeoning area of Midtown Atlanta; thus emerged the award winning Concentrics Restaurants. For more information on Bob Amick and Concentrics Restaurants, please visit

About the Georgia Restaurant Association
The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 17,000 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $18 billion which provides more than 438,900 jobs. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia.

About the GRACE Awards
The GRACE Awards is the Georgia Restaurant Association’s (GRA) annual black-tie gala event honoring Georgia’s restaurant industry. The GRACE Awards are peer-nominated and honor the top finalists in the following categories: Lifetime Achievement Award, Industry Partner of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Restaurateur of the Year, Culinary Student of the Year, Restaurant Employee of the Year, and Manager of the Year. The winners are announced at the event and are presented with crystal works of art created by renowned local artist Hans Godo Frabel. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank, whose mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering the community.
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