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Russell Bendel

Operating Partner, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

By Elaine Murphy & Sarah VaughnPublished: May 01, 2012

Russ Bendel is a superstar in the world of restaurant management. He became the youngest operating partner of the flagship Fleming’s steakhouse in Newport Beach at the age of 25. Bendel oversees a staff of 112 and manages a multimillion-dollar business.
   
Bendel learned the ropes from his industry veteran father, Russ W. Bendel. In addition to his work on the restaurant floor, he oversees the restaurant’s well-known wine cellar and has been recognized as the company’s Prime Partner of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.
   
Bendel prides himself in being “the best at what I am currently doing ... from the leaders in my industry.” flemingssteakhouse.com

Best advice he’s received: “Take great care of your people, make sure they love you – and the rest will fall into place.”



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Lily Knowles    Ashleigh Aitken    Jeremy Yamaguchi
Kevin Willson    Megan Lavender    Jason Lucash
Tan Rezaei & Navid Firoozi    Julie Schoenbachler
Chris Winn    Shawna Smith Gotreau    Matt Petteruto
Kelly Lewis    Justin Choi    Marissa Gerlach    Josh McCarter
Brian Davis    Patrick Strader    Quy "Q" Nguyen
Carla Vargas    Patrick Rue    Jennifer Tucker Klein
Brandon Burton    Lauren O’Gorman    Inna Kassatkina
Tom Reimers    Jackie Ferlita    Eric Bender
Dale Partridge & Aaron Chavez  ≈  Danny Sonenshine
Russell Bendel    Sandra Jones    Balaji Krishna
Saimah Chaudhry    Dan Nasitka    Laura Hess
Kohl Crecelius    Larry Labrado Jr.    Melissa Beck
Jeremy Linehan    Stephen Silver

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