Leo Fonseca
Leo Fonseca
Chief Executive Officer

Leo Fonseca has more than two decades of diverse experience in food and restaurant management, including close to 15 years at Stephanie's. As Chief Executive Officer for Stephanie's Restaurant Group, Leo is responsible for the day to day operations of the flagship Stephanie's on Newbury and its sister South End restaurant, Stephi's on Tremont. He successfully launched Stephi's in Southie and is also working to further expand the company's restaurant portfolio, with the newest Stephanie's opening at Logan Airport. During his previous tenure as Director of Operations, Leo presided over record growth for Stephanie's over the past several years – despite a severe national recession.

Leo's success in his role as CEO has been aided by the skills and perspective he gained working in various facets of the restaurant industry. During his time with Stephanie's, Leo has served in a variety of roles, including server, bartender, bar manager and general manager. He also understands food and cooking, knowledge he acquired from earning an associates degree in culinary arts from Newbury College.

Leo was first introduced to the restaurant industry washing dishes at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead as a teenager. Falling in love with the restaurant business, Leo worked his way up through college ultimately being named Executive Sous Chef in charge of all kitchens under renowned chef Denise Kiburis (recently named Chef of the Year by Les Dames d'Escoffier). Following his work in the kitchens of the Black Cow and Ritz-Carlton hotels, Leo transitioned from Executive Chef to General Manager of Jacob Marley's, also in Marblehead. Leo has an extensive knowledge and passion for wine as well, which he utilized during his tenure in sales and consulting for Horizon Beverage and the Martignetti Company.

Contact: Leo@stephaniesonnewbury.com

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