Myles Chefetz, CEO of Myles Restaurant Group
Why he’s in the Food 50: Myles Chefetz operates one of the country’s most profitable steakhouses, where the average check is $115, down the block from a diner he owns where a bowl of chili bigger than your head is just $7. An industry success story in every sense, South Florida-born Chefetz left his career as a lawyer and a New York nightclub developer to take a gamble on the South Beach dining scene. He struck gold with his retro-style diner Big Pink, then tapped an oil-spurting jackpot with Prime 112, the South of Fifth steakhouse that caters to the rich and famous and that grosses more than $23 million a year. He’s since added Prime Italian and, last year, Prime Fish to the neighborhood mix.
Where to find him: Multiple locations.