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gusto! Selects Bobby Bryde as Local Operating Partner for New Chamblee Restaurant Opening this Fall

Destiny Thompson
gusto! Selects Bobby Bryde as Local Operating Partner for New Chamblee Restaurant Opening this Fall

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Bryde’s Connection to Local Community and Drive-Thru Experience

to Strengthen Atlanta’s Most Flavorful Fast Casual Chain


ATLANTA (July 30, 2019) – gusto! founder Nate Hybl and director of operations and strategy Richmond Green announce the addition of local operating partner Bobby Bryde at the fast casual chain’s Chamblee restaurant, which is scheduled to open this fall on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and will feature the brand’s first drive-thru. In addition to a wealth of knowledge as a restaurant owner/operator and manager, Bryde also brings a personal connection to the Chamblee area and extensive experience in drive-thru operations to his new role at gusto!.

“Bobby has a history of excellence in restaurant performance, staff training and problem solving in a fast-paced environment,” says Hybl. “We were drawn to his extensive experience in the restaurant industry as well as his connection to the Chamblee community; he is already rooted in the surrounding neighborhood.”  


The local operating partner program was launched to help gusto! – one of the metro area’s fastest-growing private companies – expand responsibly both around Atlanta and in other regional markets. Partners are charged with driving the success of the restaurant locations.


Bryde’s strengths lie in operations and change management, cost controls, food safety and sanitation controls, and training and development among many other aspects of the restaurant business. At gusto!, he seeks to create career paths for his team members and create encore experiences for guests in a warm, fun, clean environment with craveable food and excellent customer service. “I want our guests to spread the news about our concept with their family, friends and colleagues because of their own wonderful experiences,” Bryde says.


Prior to gusto!, Bryde served as a general manager for Zaxby’s. His previous career experience also includes management roles at Shane’s Rib Shack, Panera Bread and Mimi’s Café, as well as an eight-year stretch as a Johnny’s NY Style Pizza franchisee. Bryde also spent two years as a quality management specialist for The Steritech Group, an industry leader in providing food safety solutions and assessments.


Thanks to the experience gained while working for Zaxby’s, Bryde brings a familiarity with drive-thru operations to gusto! and will have a strong presence implementing this new feature at the Chamblee restaurant, which will include a “co-pilot” outside to assist guests in ordering.


Bryde’s career truly blossomed under the mentorship of Russ Umphenour, who is well-known for owning the largest Arby’s franchise group in the country and then as CEO of Focus Brands, and Johnny’s NY Style Pizza owners Bruce Jackson and Scott Allen. All three gave Bryde the tools and support to become successful both personally and professionally.


A graduate of the University of Georgia who grew up in Chamblee, Bryde already has a knowledge of the neighborhood and will ensure the restaurant is heavily involved in the local community, which is a brand tenet that Hybl feels passionate about.


gusto!’s Chamblee restaurant is scheduled to open this fall at and will offer a menu inspired by both international cuisine and familiar American flavors in the form of fresh bowls and wraps. 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 attracted a loyal following with its four 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; (404) 549-8525. gusto! West Midtown is located at 530 17th St NW, Suite 345; (678) 705-4080. For more information, download the mobile app or visit