Morgan Lanier

gusto! Selects Local Operating Partner for New Decatur Restaurant Opening this Fall

Morgan Lanier
gusto! Selects Local Operating Partner for New Decatur Restaurant Opening this Fall

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Michael Clifford Joins Atlanta’s Most Flavorful Fast Casual Chain as a

Business Leader and Brand Ambassador


ATLANTA (Sept. 25, 2018) – gusto! Founder Nate Hybl and Director of Operations & Strategy Richmond Green announce a new addition to the team at the fast casual chain’s new Decatur restaurant: Local Operating Partner Michael Clifford. When gusto! opens its third Atlanta restaurant (1545 North Decatur Road in the new North Decatur Square shopping center near Dekalb Medical) next month, it will be under the leadership of Clifford, who aims to combine his proficiency in opening restaurants and developing staff with his deep appreciation for the city he calls home to establish a convivial community atmosphere.


“I’m looking forward to creating a restaurant as open and diverse as Decatur is,” says Clifford. “I want to change the dynamics of the casual concept to a more energetic and fun place to be by getting to know regulars and helping our guests discover our bold, global flavors.”


Empowered as an ambitious and creative business leader and charged with driving the success of the new restaurant, Clifford is helping create the roadmap for gusto!’s future as the company’s first Local Operating Partner. The program was recently launched to help the brand - one of the metro area’s fastest-growing private companies - expand responsibly both around Atlanta and in other regional markets.


“We are thrilled to have Michael join the gusto! team. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive experience in the foodservice industry. We know he will do an incredible job operating the new Decatur location and engaging with the community he already knows so well,” says Hybl.  


Prior to gusto!, his most recent restaurant managerial roles in Atlanta include White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Wisteria and Capozzi’s in Decatur. His exposure to the culinary world began at the age of 9 while helping his mother, who owned a catering company. As a teenager, his interest grew when he discovered the bond he could develop with others through the preparation and service of a meal. “It warmed my heart to know that I could make people happy with something I created,” he says.


A wine aficionado, Clifford has completed his first certification exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently preparing for his Certified Sommelier Exam. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, cooking and hosting friends and family at his home in the Lake Claire neighborhood of Atlanta.


“I love how there are pockets of cultural identities spread throughout Atlanta and that you can find the food of so many different countries represented in our beautiful city,” Clifford says.


Gusto! Decatur’s 2,400-square-foot restaurant features a warm, modern industrial design and a menu inspired by both international cuisine and familiar American flavors in the form of fresh bowls and wraps. For more information, visit Follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for additional updates.


About gusto!

Nate Hybl founded gusto! with a mission to deliver fresh, flavorful food fast. The underlying passion of his company can be found in its name, which means “enjoyment or vigor in doing something.” gusto! offers a simple menu of bowls and wraps that highlight fresh, high-quality ingredients and bold flavor combinations and don’t hide behind gimmicks or trends. They are served fast and without breaking the bank. With a passionate team that believes in “living life with gusto” and a focus on food, flavor and freshness, the company has already attracted a loyal following with its first two Atlanta locations. gusto! Peachtree is located at 1935 Peachtree Road NE; (404) 352-4157. gusto! Ponce is located at 782 Ponce de Leon Ave NE; (404) 330-8114. gusto! Decatur is located at 1545 North Decatur Road; For more information, visit