Area restaurant managers honored

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio A pair of local restaurant managers recently were honored with the distinguished Joe R. Lee Diamond Club award from the parent their parent organization, Darden Restaurants, the company’s top honor.

Jay Morgan is the general manager for the Red Lobster in St. Clairsville and has been named a Joe R. Lee Diamond Club award winner.

The Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award is named after the company’s retired chairman and CEO. Now in its 15th year, the award is presented annually to General Managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding leadership by living Red Lobster’s core values of respect, integrity, genuine caring, hospitality and teamwork while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year.

This year, Morgan joins an elite group of 34 General Managers selected from the more than 700 Red Lobster restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive recognition.

“Jay is a great example of a Red Lobster leader who values every crew member’s contributions, demonstrates genuine caring and respect for our guests and practices integrity in all aspects of our business,” said Dave Pickens, President of Red Lobster. “He is a leader who encourages teamwork and ensures that the St. Clairsville restaurant is committed to serving great tasting, freshly prepared seafood in a relaxing, seaside atmosphere for all of our guests to enjoy.”

The St. Clairsville Red Lobster is located at 50740 Valley Center Blvd.

John Mitchell, managing partner of the LongHorn Steakhouse in St. Clairsville, has also been presented with the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award.

This is the third time Mitchell has received this recognition.

This year, Mitchell joins an elite group of 18 managing partners selected from the more than 380 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive membership.

“John is a leader who understands the importance of doing things the right way. He sets clear expectations, provides regular feedback and celebrates his team’s great performance,” said Dave George, President of LongHorn Steakhouse. “As a result, the St. Clairsville LongHorn is a superior-performing restaurant where our team delivers friendly, attentive service along with boldly seasoned and expertly grilled steaks that make every guest feel at home.”

The St. Clairsville LongHorn Steakhouse is located at 68040 Mall Ring Road.