- At A Glance - 

Gala Corporation is one of the leading privately owned hospitality and food service companies in the United States. From unassuming beginnings with a single property in 1982, today Gala Corporation is recognized as a premier operator and developer of franchised restaurants by Nation’s Restaurant News, Franchise Times, Multi-Unit Developer Magazine and rank among the top 200 operators by the Restaurant Finance Monitor.

 

- Brief History - 

Gala Corporation is one of the leading privately owned hospitality and food service companies in the United States. From unassuming beginnings with a single property in 1982, today Gala Corporation is recognized as a premier operator and developer of franchised restaurants by Nation’s Restaurant News, Franchise Times, Multi-Unit Developer Magazine and rank among the top 200 operators by the Restaurant Finance Monitor.

 

 

Anand Gala - President & CEO


Mr. Gala is the Founder, President and CEO of Gala Corporation, a diversified holding company with operations in consulting, restaurant development and management, and real estate development and investment. He has spent the past 30 years in various executive capacities within the Restaurant Industry. 

The Restaurant Division focuses on the development and management of nationally recognized chain restaurants, both franchised and proprietary, throughout the western United States. Current portfolio brands under ownership and operation include Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Famous Dave’s BBQ. 

The Real Estate Division focuses on the acquisition, development and management of commercial real estate comprising of free standing and shopping center pad sites that can be developed into retail and restaurant sites. Recent and current projects include a number of restaurant sites located throughout California and Arizona. Mr. Gala graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and has been a member of the USC Marshall School of Business Forum on Family Businesses. He also is a member of the International Council of 

Shopping Centers (ICSC), and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE). He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) serves as Chairman of the YPO Food & Beverage Industry Network. He is directly involved in numerous charitable causes as Director of the Gala Foundation.

 

Jonathan Litt - Vice President of Operations


Jonathan graduated from the University of Denver in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business and an emphasis in Restaurant and Hotel Management. He has been working in the restaurant industry for 28 years ranging from a cook during his college years, to the Vice President of Operations for Gala in which he leads the operations of 18 Applebee’s and 10 Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurants. 

During his restaurant career he has held the positions of General Manager, Area Director, Director of Operations, Franchise Consultant and Vice President. Jonathan joined Gala Corporation in June, 2006. He has been involved with the Applebee’s brand for over 20 years and Famous Dave’s for seven years.