Salem Restaurateur Honored With Statewide Award
Best Little Roadhouse Owner Named Restaurateur of the Year by Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
[August 30, 2017 - Wilsonville, OR] – Ralph Matt, owner and operator of Best Little Roadhouse in Salem, Oregon was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA). This statewide award, sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, recognizes a restaurateur who is not only distinguished as a successful operator, but has also demonstrated exceptional leadership in supporting the growth of the foodservice industry in Oregon.
Ralph Matt will be recognized among his peers and over 300 delegates of ORLA’s Convention during the Hospitality Industry Awards Dinner on October 8, 2017, at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon.
“Oregon’s hospitality industry is teeming with individuals who contribute significantly to the health of the trade,” says Jason Brandt, president and CEO of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association. “These winners represent not only some of our industry’s most dedicated leaders and advocates, but also the exemplary service that sets the high standard for the entire industry to achieve.”
Ask any of his colleagues, and they’d say Ralph is the quintessential “tireless restaurant operator.” He’s spent his entire career in the restaurant industry, starting out as a bartender in college working for Steak & Ale in Tennessee, and then management roles with various restaurant groups including Buffets Inc. over the years. In 2003, Ralph started his own venture, Best Little Roadhouse in Salem, Oregon. He learned early on “to be successful, you should surround yourself with good people, take an active role in your community, and always be available for your business.”
Ralph encompasses the characteristics of a true leader, always showing integrity, genuine care and support of his staff, and continually inspiring them to become successful at what they do. He’s also been a dedicated advocate for the industry; Ralph served on the ORLA Board of Directors 2010-2016 (as Chair in 2014-15), chaired the Policy Committee, and currently serves as Chair for ORLA’s Education Foundation.
Matt will be joined by three other 2017 Hospitality Industry Award recipients at the event on October 8th: Pat McShane (InnSight Hotel Management Group, Springfield) was named Lodging Operator of the Year; Heather Tincher-Overholser (Overleaf Lodge, Yachats) was named Employee of the Year, and McDonald Wholesale Company was named Allied Member of the Year.
For more information on the Hospitality Industry Awards, visit OregonRLA.org/Awards or ORLA’s Convention, visit OregonRLA.org/Convention or call 800.462.0619. For press inquiries regarding the Hospitality Industry Awards, please contact Lori Little, director of communications, at 503.682.4422.
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association is the leading business association for the foodservice and lodging industry in Oregon, which is comprised of over 9,000 foodservice locations and 2,200 lodging establishments with a workforce of 164,800, and a total economic impact of $8 billion - making it the cornerstone of the economy, career opportunities and community involvement. The association works to advocate, protect, train and promote the foodservice and lodging industry.