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Terry Third Thursday

Terry Third Thursday is a breakfast speaker series for the Atlanta business community that features influential speakers, as well as special guests from the University of Georgia, who bring local and global perspectives on business and innovation.

Next Presentation February 16, 2023

Ryan TurnerRyan Turner

Partner, Unsukay

The Corona -19 pandemic was hard on the food service industry, but Ryan Turner will tell you the restaurant business has never been easy.

That's why he's devoted his career to building a network of restaurants that celebrate food and community while supporting the men and women who make that food and sense of community possible.

Over the past two decades, Turner has launched some of the most exciting eateries in the Atlanta Food Scene — from deli Muss & Turner's in 2005 to restaurant and bourbon bar Local Three to his new modern diner Roshambo.

His company, Unuskay Restaurants, was recognized with the Georgia Restaurant Associations' Restauranteurs of the Year award in 2011. Turner was named the Business Person of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2014.

However, he may be best known for helping to establish the Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides emergency financial assistance to people working in the food service industry when they miss work for medical reasons.

He was a founding member and board chair of the Giving Kitchen and currently serves on the board.

In 2015  Unsukay Restaurants was awarded the National Restaurant Association’s highest honor, the Cornerstone Humanitarian Award, in recognition of its role in founding Giving Kitchen.

In 2019 Giving Kitchen was named the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of The Year.

Turner is originally from Maine. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1994 and served with Americorps in Arizona along the border of Mexico. He moved to Atlanta in 1995 and worked as the food and beverage manager at the East Lake Golf Club. 

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