With more than 25 years of industry experience, Chad Towler brings an in-depth knowledge of the culinary and beverage worlds to his role as General Manager. Boasting ample experience in both the front and back of house, Towler has honed a great understanding of the needs of both guests and teammates over the years. He is passionate about the industry’s fast-paced environment, pairing food and beverage and providing the best experience possible for each of Foundation Social Eatery’s guests.
Towler grew up in the business, with proprietors of Chinese restaurants and an ice cream shop on each side of his family, respectively. Along with growing up working in his family’s restaurants, Towler cooked his way through his teenage years and into college while at the University of Georgia in Athens. He eventually moved behind the bar where he refined his beverage skills for over 20 years. Towler then transitioned to a front of house role, which most recently included a position at the Kennesaw location of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, where he operated as General Manager. He also ran the beverage program at Ruth’s Chris Atlanta’s Centennial Park location, which was awarded the Wine Enthusiast Double Wine Glass recognition. In addition to this breadth of experience in all aspects of the business, he has opened multiple restaurants around Atlanta and Savannah, including a new location for Summits Wayside Tavern and oversaw its beverage driven programming, consisting of beer dinners, dry hopping programs and monthly Firkin pairings.
Towler currently resides in Kennesaw, Ga. with his wife and three rambunctious dogs. The two are passionate travelers and love being immersed in culture and food. In fact, Towler himself has nearly 30 countries under his belt. Additionally, he is currently a member of the Guild of Sommeliers.