Johnny Carrabba

Founder

Proudly born and raised in the East End of Houston, Texas, Johnny Carrabba III was raised in his parent’s family-owned grocery store, Carrabba’s Friendly Grocery, and attended St. Thomas High School. In 1986, Johnny opened The Original Carrabba’s on Kirby Drive. The second location on South Voss Road opened its doors in 1988. In 1993, Outback Steakhouse created a joint venture partnership consequently opening over 250 Carrabba’s Italian Grill Restaurants nationwide. Johnny and his family continue to own and operate the two original Carrabba’s locations. In 2012, the family’s new fast-casual concept, Mia’s Table, opened one block behind the Original Carrabba’s on Kirby. In 2014, Grace’s, affectionately named after Johnny’s grandmother, Grace Mandola, opened its doors forging the fourth family-owned and operated restaurant for the Carrabba family. Mia’s Table opened its second location in Shenandoah, Texas in September 2018 and the third location in Webster, Texas in 2019. Mia’s Table continues to grow throughout the greater Houston area with additional locations in the horizon, including Katy, Cypress, and Memorial City. Johnny is a philanthropist at heart and gives back to the community through many venues and charities, especially those benefiting children.

Rafael Morales

Rafael Morales

Executive Chef

Family Since 1987

Rafael Morales has a special place in the heart of the Carrabba Family. He began his career at Carrabba’s on Kirby in 1987, first working in the pizza station then slowly making his way through the other stations in the kitchen.

One day in 1989 or so, after seeing a lot of turnover in the kitchen, Johnny Carrabba called him into the office. “How much do you make?” he asked. Raffy responded, “$4.75 an hour.” Johnny said, “You’re going to start making $6.75. Now you’re a kitchen manager. One day, you’re going to make $20 an hour with me.”

Rafael has been leading the kitchens in the Carrabba Family for many years and played a crucial role in developing menu items for Mia’s Table and Grace’s on Kirby. He is also deeply involved in creating new dining offerings and specials, all the while making sure the entire back-of-the-house team is following and executing recipes to the highest standard.

Rafael hails from Puebla, Mexico, and came to the United States in 1983. He and his wife have two sons, one of whom – no surprise – is an up-and-coming chef in the Carrabba Family.

Rafael likes to watch telenovelas and drink coffee. But mostly in his free time, he likes to work out in the gym to keep slim and trim – which can be tough for someone whose job includes more than a few food tastings.

Deanna "Dee" Davis

Deanna "Dee" Davis

Chief Accounting Officer

Family Since 1988

Dee Davis oversees the accounting team, prepares financials, handles taxes matters – and a whole lot more. But her history with the Carrabba Family runs deeper. She was hired as an accountant in 1988, though she’s pretty much done it all.

Dee has aided in the company’s growth at every turn: First, with the two Original Carrabba’s locations; then a joint venture partnership with Outback Steakhouse; then Carrabba’s Italian Grill nationwide; then the opening of Mia’s Table and Grace’s. Dee has been a personal assistant, mentor to many, and basically the keeper of all company facts.

An East Coast girl from Marlborough, Massachusetts, she moved to the warmer climate of Houston in 1984. Dee graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s in sociology and from the University of Houston in accounting.

Dee is an avid gym goer, cyclist, and world traveler, and is always on the lookout for an excellent book to read or a stage play to see. She has participated in the MS150; volunteers for Camp For All, which supports people with special needs; and is the first – and only – female board member of The Downtown Club.

She and her husband have two sons.

Greg Bedruz

Greg Bedruz

Head Accountant

Family Since 1988

Greg Bedruz is well-known in the company, not only for his long and loyal tenure but also for his always calm temperament. He has been paying the employees in the Carrabba Family for so many years that if anyone ever has a question about our team, past and present, he’s the man with the answers. He’s always on top of payroll and makes sure our vendors are paid on time.

Greg is from Cavite, Philippines, and migrated to Texas in 1983. He earned his degree in business administration accounting from The Philippine School of Business Administration and is a founder of the Cavite Association of The Philippines. Although his tenure with the Carrabba Family is lengthy, Greg’s been doing restaurant accounting for more than 45 years – long before he joined us.

Greg’s wife is a registered nurse in Houston, and both of his sons are successful registered nurses, one leading the team in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Houston Methodist Hospital. While Greg is proud of his work with the Carrabba Family, his true joys in life are his granddaughter JuJu and his sidekick pooch, Shadow.

Angie Bennett

Angie Bennett

Director of Human Resources

Family Since 1990

Angie Bennett was basically raised in this company and created a path for herself, starting as one of the first female servers at the Original Carrabba’s on Kirby. Twenty-five years later, she is the Carrabba Family’s first-ever Director of Human Resources. Besides screening and processing employees, Angie is responsible for employee benefits, relations, and training, and spearheads the charitable contributions aspect of the company.

She was born in Peoria, Illinois and earned her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. As you might expect from someone who worked her way up, Angie has remained focused on improving her skills, serving as a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, a Notary, and a Proctor for Serv Safe Exams required in Texas. She has also dabbled in culinary classes.

A self-described “dabbler” in culinary classes, she has a busy personal life with her family and two teen boys. She also volunteers with the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Second Baptist Church, and in the local schools where her children attend. And if you ever see her around Houston, it’s probably on a bicycle.

Rommel Quarterman

Rommel Quarterman

Executive Managing Partner

Family Since 1997

Rommel Quarterman has been leading the successful team of the Original Carrabba’s since 2001. His strong work ethic and leadership skills have kept the restaurant going strong, with consistent continued growth year after year.

Rommel coordinates the training of his management team and their continuing education within the restaurant and is well respected and a mentor to many staff members. He runs a tight ship…and he sure knows how to throw a party.

He’s come to us from Savannah, Georgia, where he attended Benedictine Military School and Morehouse College, before moving to Houston with his wife. One day, on a whim, he applied at the Carrabba’s on Kirby to be a server. Little did he know how much impact he’d have on his staff and guests over the next 20-plus years.

Rommel is married and loves spending time with and watching his talented daughter dance. Outside of his job and family, you can find him working out, boxing, and traveling. He’s also a volunteer with Pro-Vision, an outreach program created to inspire hope and purpose into young people through access to academic, economic, and social enrichment opportunities.

Hieu Nguyen

Hieu Nguyen

President

Family Since 1998

Nicknamed “The Oracle” and “Zen Master,” Hieu Nguyen has been Johnny Carrabba’s right- hand man and leader of the company since the early 2000s. He is self-taught, knows more about the company than almost anyone, and is highly invested in the operations side of the business.

Responsible for everything from food to service and property management, Hieu is the kind of boss who makes people want to work hard while enjoying their jobs. He is the liaison between Johnny Carrabba and the company leadership and plays a critical role in building and preserving the strong culture that defines the Carrabba Family.

Hieu is originally from Vietnam but grew up in San Antonio when his family immigrated to the United States in the mid-1970s. He graduated from Trinity University, where he studied religion and international studies.

Hieu has two daughters, and he and the family enjoy camping together and vacationing in nature-filled areas. In his down time, he can be found reading cookbooks and indulging in the occasional late-night Taco Bell.

Stephen Barclay

Stephen Barclay

Managing Partner, Carrabba’s on Voss

Family Since 1998

Stephen Barclay is the balance to the busy commotion of the Carrabba’s Voss location. He has led the team, many of whom have been with him for 15 or more years. He works alongside the matriarch of the company, Rosie Carrabba; you might say they’re each other’s yin and yang.

Stephen oversees a management team that has come up entirely from within the company, and he’s been responsibly training them to be the growing leaders they are today.

He’s from Lake Jackson, Texas, and has lived in Houston for 24 years. Like so many of us at the company, he grew up from within – first as a bartender at Carrabba’s on Kirby and then as a manager at the Voss location, where he is now a fixture.

Stephen is married and has a daughter in high school. He enjoys reading and collecting comics.

Loren Allardyce

Loren Allardyce

Brand and Marketing Director

Family Since 2003

After seven years as a Head-Host at the Carrabba’s on Kirby and Voss locations, Loren Allardyce moved to the corporate office as Assistant to the President, working under the skilled leadership of Hieu Nguyen for five years. Much of her day-to-day duties focused on brand and marketing, which led to the creation of her current position.

From menu and recipe development to overseeing the company’s digital presence, Loren helps ensure that the company’s culture remains consistent and deeply rooted in the family’s values. As part of that, she helped oversee the award-winning Carrabba Family 30th Anniversary Cookbook, With Gratitude, Johnny Carrabba, and played a key role in the creation and openings of Grace’s and the Original Mia’s Table in Upper Kirby.

Loren grew up in Indiana and graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s in music education. She went on to earn a Master of the Arts from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, focusing on classical voice performance. She thought singing would be her career, but then her life intersected with Carrabba’s – and, as they say, the rest is history.

She has two children and loves spending time with them. She is a board director of the Rise School of Houston and is actively involved in the progress and inclusion of children with special needs, primarily those with Down Syndrome.

When she’s not working or volunteering, you can usually catch Loren in the gym or find her running.

Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher

Managing Partner, Grace’s

Family Since 2004

Jason is responsible for helping grow our newest concept, Grace’s.

When Grace’s opened in 2014, he had been with us at both the Kirby and Voss locations, so his familiarity with the company’s culture and fundamentals were already solid. His leadership and rapport with employees and guests were an ideal fit for the “Southern Comfort” concept that is at the heart of the Grace’s experience.

Jason was born and raised in Houston. He has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Houston-Downtown and is certified to teach math in Texas. Also, he is the president of his local church consistory and loves playing sports and visiting new places.

When he’s not busy at Grace’s, he’s busy at home with his family and three young daughters.

Andrea Baltazar

Andrea Baltazar

Internal Communications Director

Family Since 2006

As the first Communications Director of the Carrabba Family of Restaurants, Andrea Baltazar is responsible for getting relevant information to our internal audiences. She is bilingual and serves as the company translator.

She started out working as a host at the Carrabba’s on Voss as a 19-year-old. Her potential was hard to miss, as she took on leadership willingly and eagerly. She was a Head-Host for many years and held the same title at both Carrabba’s on Kirby and Grace’s.

As she grew in the company, she rose to the position of executive assistant in the corporate office before assuming her current role shortly thereafter. In addition to her communications duties, Andrea also coordinates property maintenance, helps in the procurement process, and assists the President of the company.

Andrea attended the University of St. Thomas and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators; loves being a part of the Houston new restaurant scene; and actively participates in the local arts and entertainment community. A museum enthusiast, Andrea can also be seen frequenting live music concerts.

She is a native Houstonian, a first generation Mexican-American, and spirited cat-lover.

Kristi Becker

Kristi Becker

Assistant to the Founder

Family Since 2007

Kristi has been like family to us. In 2007, she took on the tremendous responsibility of being Johnny Carrabba’s assistant – a job with many duties, not the least of which is keeping the Carrabba household on track all the time.

Kristi is from Fort Worth, Texas, but grew up in the Cypress area. She is close with her family – especially her sisters -- and has a teen daughter who keeps her busy. An avid equestrian and all-embracing animal lover. Kristi can often be found on her sister’s farm – or laughing with friends over a margarita.

Aaron Pratorius

Aaron Pratorius

Senior Accountant

Family Since 2019

Aaron Pratorius is the Senior Account Accountant for the Carrabba Family of Restaurants. He grew up in Spring, Texas, and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. But as good as he is at his job, he has another supreme talent: Master fantasy football analyst. In fact, Aaron is the go-to guy around the office when it comes to choosing players for their virtual teams. He comes by that sports-loving passion honestly, too, as he is an avid basketball player and golfer. And when he’s not engaging in sporting pursuits, you’ll likely find him at the movies or spending time with friends and family.

Mayra Diosdado

Mayra Diosdado

Staff Accountant

Family Since 2020

Mayra Diosado has a heart for people, a love for families, and a head for numbers. That makes her a perfect staff accountant for our restaurants.

A native of Houston and graduate of the University of Houston central campus, Mayra is responsible for a lengthy menu of responsibilities, including daily reports for all locations and labor summaries for the Mia’s Table locations. She also helps ensure that vendors and employees are paid accurately and in a timely manner, which as you can imagine makes her pretty popular with the entire Carrabba’s family.

Mayra’s passion for family is rooted in her own, which is big and beautiful and as loving as she is. While she’s devoted to her three older (and overly protective) brothers, they don’t mind that her niece and nephew are her real favorites. Her dogs, a Doberman Pinscher and a Chihuahua, rank pretty high on her affection list as well.

As good as she is with numbers, Mayra is expanding her expertise to language, educating herself in sign language and Vietnamese. When she’s not working or learning, she enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, solving crossword puzzles, watching documentaries, and strolling through Houston’s many museums.

She has a special fondness for children, too, and has spent a lot of time volunteering and visiting schools, reading to kids, and building bookshelves for public school libraries.