Myrrl Bean and family friend, Harvey Seifert, got together in the restaurant business in 1982. Then, her sons John and Bernard joined the fledgling team, and things really started cooking. Myrrl’s inspiration and direction helped the Bean family grow their collective skills into a major force in restaurant development in Mississippi. They began with Harveys, an upscale, traditional casual dining chain of three restaurants, and expanded to a group of nine restaurants.
Meet Our Team
John alongside his mother, Myrrl Bean, and Harvey Seifert opened the first of the Eat With Us restaurants, Harveys, in 1982. John is responsible for the executive supervision of the company. He describes his job as “making sure everyone is doing his or her job.”
Chief Operations Officer
Bernard began working for his family’s restaurant business in 1982. He continues to supervise the daily operations of all the different restaurant concepts by encouraging store management and team members to “see what our guests see.”
Robin began his restaurant career at Bulldog Deli in 1981 while attending college at Mississippi State University and then purchased in 1984. He was one of the founders responsible for creating the McAlisters Deli concept in 1992. Robin partnered with the Beans in 1997 to create and open Sweet Peppers Deli locations thus joining the Eat With Us Group. Robin oversees workplace systems and technology as well as operations.
Partner/Area Manager of Full Service
Pat began his career at the eat with us group in 1983. He manages systems, specifications and quality compliance for the full-service restaurants within the organization. He enjoys the challenges of the restaurant business and the sense of accomplishment in seeing guests repeatedly enjoying their time spent in eat with us restaurants.
Chief Financial Officer
Robert began working with Eat With Us Group in 1985 in accounting and financial planning. He is responsible for financial planning for the entire group.
Bryant joined the Eat With Us Group in 2018 and has worked in management at Sweet Peppers Deli, Bulldog Burger Company, and Harveys. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Banking & Finance and worked in that profession for several years before joining the company. He enjoys carrying out our mission of “Making Guests Happy & Creating Great Guest Memories.”
A vital part of the Eat With Us Group, Meredith keeps business running smoothly. She began her employment in 2005. Her self-moniker, “gal Monday through Friday,” is appropriate for her work in processing daily sales packets, coding and inputting invoices, supply requisitioning, overseeing the guest recovery program and managing online gift card orders.
VP of People
Ashley began with eat with us in 2011 at Harveys in Columbus. She managed the restaurant for 6 years before starting her current role as human resources director, involving recruiting, retention, and handling all payroll.
A member of the team since 2000, charlotte’s responsibilities include financial reporting, budgeting, accounts payable, tax compliance, asset management and maintenance and vendor management. One of her favorite aspects of working at the eat with us group is that it is a “small but large” company that has provided her with many challenges and rewards throughout the years.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Shannon began working for Eat With Us as a server in 2009, working her way up to assistant manager before starting her current job as Director of Sales & Marketing. She is responsible for coordinating all media and sales efforts for the Eat With Us concepts.
Corporate Chef, Matt Bronski, is originally from Detroit, MI. He worked and trained under a European chef through the American Culinary Federation apprenticeship program and graduated in 1992 from the Oakland Community College in Farmington, MI. Matt has competed in the Culinary Olympics held in Europe. There he won gold in 1992, and silver in 1996 and 2000. Other accomplishments include achieving his Certified Executive Chef Certification.
Duston is a Mississippi native and a lifelong restaurant professional. Over two decades, he worked for restauranteurs in Memphis, Seattle, and Atlanta before returning to the Eat With Us Group.