Richard Miyashiro — CO-FOUNDER

Richard Miyashiro is a restaurateur. With over 35 years of industry experience, Miyashiro has worked in the Bay Area for more than eighteen years.

In spring 2011, Miyashiro introduces his newest project, Kitchen Door, a one-of-a-kind social gathering place located in the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa's Oxbow District. With a number of highly acclaimed restaurants under his belt, Miyashiro's current venture as co-founder of Kitchen Door is destined to be a success that locals and visitors alike will flock to time and time again.

Miyashiro was the Opening General Manager of McCormick & Kuleto's in San Francisco. He and Pat Kuleto co-founded the Pat Kuleto Restaurant Development & Management Group in 1993 with the opening of Boulevard and served as the Opening General Manager and as Vice President Operations for Boulevard, Farallon and Jardinière. Miyashiro left the Pat Kuleto Restaurant Group at the end of 2006 as Chief Operating Officer. Miyashiro worked together with Pat Kuleto for approximately thirteen years and was instrumental in the development and operations of Boulevard, Farallon, Jardinière, Martini House and Nick's Cove & Cottages.

Prior to moving to California, Miyashiro spent twelve years with the McCormick & Schmick's Management Group based in Portland, Oregon. There he had a diverse career as a waiter, bartender to General Manager of the historic Jake's Famous Crawfish. Miyashiro's first job in the industry was washing dishes at the Maui Palms Hotel in Hawaii, which lead to subsequent positions as a teppanyaki chef at Benihana and the Kobe Steak House in Waikiki and Palm Springs to a server in an eight table French restaurant in Portland, Oregon, a favorite of James Beard.

In June 2009, with the closing of two of their six restaurants, Miyashiro resigned after an eight-month stay as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Left Bank Brasserie restaurant group and prior to that, Miyashiro held the position of the Vice President of Specialty Restaurants for the Puccini Group, a restaurant design and management firm.

Miyashiro attended the Portland Art Museum and studied Painting & Sculpture and the Portland State University Fine Arts program without attaining a degree.

Miyashiro has served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau and Le Cordon Bleu Restaurant Management Program Advisory Board based in Portland, Oregon. Miyashiro is a native of Maui, Hawaii and resides with his wife Patti, in San Francisco, their son Ian lives in Bridgewater, Vermont.