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Want to own and operate your own restaurant?

Think it is out of reach?

Contact John Irmscher today at 419-305-4122 or

information on owning or operating a restaurant

The Ohio restaurant industry has benefited from John Irmscher's hard work for over 60 years!  Orphaned at the age of 13 and needing to earn money for room and board, John started as a carhop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and worked his way up through the industry, holding just about every position that was available to him.  John convinced Guy Schieb to expand his Happy Humpty Restaurant and was quickly promoted to District Operations Manager with duties that included opening new restaurants, securing real estate locations, kitchen design and store operations.  At the age of 20, John purchased a half-interest in the St. Mary's location.  Also during this time, John furthered his education through attendance at Indiana University, studying accounting, economics, and business law.  

After a merger that didn't share John and Guy's philosophies, John moved on from Happy Humpty and co-founded Empire Family Restaurants with partner, Ed McGilvary.  From their initial ownership investment, they grew into a partnership that employed over 750 people, operating 10 locations throughout western Ohio.  In addition, they owned a food processing plant that supplied soups to grocery stores and food distributors in 5 states and employed an additional 40 people.  They created a joint marketing venture with Dinner Bell Foods and sold that to a division of Nestle Foods.

Not ready to join his partner in retirement, John opened CJ's HighMarks and continued his work on many committees, chambers and associations, including the ORA.

Even after a career of over 60 years in restaurants, John's not stopping here.  His latest venture involves real estate and restaurant development and encouraging others to invest in his vision of hard work and great rewards.  His new "Own Your Own Program" assists interested would-be restauranteurs in finding a desirable location, navigating finance options, creating a personalized building design and menu, then helping with training and opening, and finally, offering the new owner with ongoing operational advice and accounting services including accounts payable, inventory, payroll, statements, and marketing strategy...all for a significantly lower fee than normal franchises offer!

John is proof of what we like to say about the restaurant industry-it's one of the few industries left where you can start on the ground floor and work your way to the very top.  

Ohio works here!  And John Irmscher is a great example!

-The Ohio Restaurant Association

For more information, contact John R. Irmscher at 419-305-4122 or