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Tony Cochones, Executive Chef at Glory Days Grill®, Wins ‘Chef of the Year’

Fairfax, VA — OCTOBER 9, 2017 — Tony Cochones, Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Operations for Glory Days Grill, was named “Chef of the Year” by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association (VRLTA). Tony was recognized for his innovation, inspiration, and commitment to food quality and safety which drives Glory Days Grill’s culinary strategy.

Through Tony’s leadership, Glory Days Grill features five Seasonal Menus annually focusing on high quality ingredients, enticing flavors, and excellent perceived value for guests. Years before providing nutritional information was considered a requirement, Tony developed Glory Days Grill’s Gluten Free Program, launched their popular Allergen Wizard, and implemented food safety initiatives across the company’s operations. Tony has spoken at Allergen educational conferences as a leading voice in the industry, and he has volunteered his time on many occasions to support a wide variety of local charities and community outreach programs.

"Tony is the face and the inspiration behind many of our culinary achievements,” said Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President. “Tony works tirelessly on menu engineering, training, and is committed to culinary excellence in the kitchen as well as in the dining room.”

Tony’s experience spans 35 years in the industry including the U.S. Army and a variety of noteworthy restaurants, including: Sweetwater’s Restaurant in Burlington, VT; Todd English’s Olives and Palomino Restaurant in Washington DC. His philosophy is based in a respect for guests which manifests itself in fresh, delicious, ingredient driven menu offerings.

More about The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA):

VRLTA has represented the Commonwealth’s restaurants, hotels and travel attractions for nearly 80 years. The Association began in the 1930s and ‘40s as three separate associations with a common goal—protecting the hospitality and tourism industries of Virginia. In 1993, the Virginia Hotel & Motel Association, Virginia Restaurant Association and Virginia Travel Council came together under the umbrella Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association. Today, the association operates as the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association. This name honors the roots of the three originating establishments while also serving as a designation that clearly aligns the brand with their diverse member base.

More About Glory Days Grill:

Operating in 5 states, Glory Days Grill is a full-service, sports-themed family restaurant featuring a wide variety of food items served at very affordable prices, outstanding service and real-time entertainment.  Every restaurant brings together award-winning menus accompanied by numerous large screen televisions tuned to a variety of sports, cartoons, news and entertainment offerings.  Tables and booths have individual volume-controlled speaker stations adding to the guest’s enjoyment.  Many locations have private banquet facilities and all feature catering services. Glory Days Grill has been named Best Casual Theme Restaurant, Best American Restaurant, Best Sports Bar, and has also received accolades for Best Ribs, Best Chili, Best Burger and Best Bartender.  Glory Days Grill founders, Richard Danker, Bob Garner, and Jeff Newman currently own and operate 21 Glory Days Grill restaurants in the tri-state area comprising Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Glory Days Grill also supports 9 franchised restaurants in Richmond, VA and Tampa, FL. For more information, visit or


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