Matt Woelfel, Franchisee and Owner of Ground Round Grill & Bar, located at 520 Cherry Drive in Waconia, was named Operator of the Year in recognition of the overall quality and success of his restaurant, and for his active involvement and support to the Ground Round brand. “The Waconia Ground Round opened a few years ago with our new prototype design and quickly has become one of the top performers in our Ground Round brand,” states Jack Crawford, President & CEO of Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative (Ground Round IOC). Presenting the award to Matt at the brand’s annual convention in Clearwater, FL in late February, Crawford concluded, “Matt works his restaurant every day side-by-side with his staff. He knows his guests personally, and actively supports our Ground Round organization, his restaurant and community.”
In attendance at the convention and representing their team were Matt and Becky Woelfel. In accepting the award, Matt thanked his whole staff who come together and are committed to deliver a distinctive experience that their Ground Round guests enjoy. The Ground Round Grill & Bar is very active in the Waconia community and employs more than 40 full and part time employees.
The Ground Round IOC Cooperative represents a group of independent franchise owners who purchased the Ground Round Franchise Rights and Trademarks in 2004. Since their brand acquisition, the group is now debt free and expanding, with more openings expected in 2016. Ground Round offers a unique franchise model whereby its franchisees not only own their own franchise, but can purchase and own an ownership/membership share in the overall future and growth of the brand as well. The Ground Round IOC presently operates restaurants across 10 states in the Midwest and Northeastern areas of the U.S. Other locations nearby in Minnesota include Bemidji, Farmington, Grand Rapids, Rochester, Winona and Worthington. For more information, visit www.groundround.com.