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About Us


Charley’s Steak House has created a unique dining experience unsurpassed in the industry. The restaurant’s namesake, Charley Woodsby, co-founder of the Red Lobster chain, was honored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. After selling Red Lobster to General Mills in 1970, Charley and his son Ron Woodsby developed Talk of the Town Restaurants - the corporate parent to Charley’s Steak House. Over the years the Woodsby’s have become “beef aficionados” with a steadfast formula for success: feature only Midwest grain-fed USDA Prime & Choice beef, age on-site for 4 to 6 weeks, and have management cut meat daily and season for 30 hours to create distinctive flavor. The steak is then flame-grilled over a 1200° open pit, fueled with a combination of Florida citrus & oak wood. This carefully monitored process provides for quality, tenderness and a tantalizing taste that elevates Charley’s to the ultimate steakhouse experience.

Since its inception, Charley’s Steak House has prided itself on being a traditional steakhouse. But with the rise in number of savvy diners came the need to evolve the definition of ‘steakhouse’. Instituting a corporate chef and placing managing chefs at each location, Charley’s has advanced into a traditional steakhouse with culinary flair featuring chef-driven appetizers and entrées as well as established menu items.


Management Team (Celebration)

  • John McCarthy Operating Partner
  • Watson Jocelyn Executive Chef
  • Annette Calabraro Manager
  • Hicham Essafir Manager
  • Theresa Blanco Manager
  • Othman Belkadi Manager

Management Team (Orlando)

  • Adam Santorelli Operating Partner
  • Jose Rodriguez Executive Chef
  • Jessica Prior Manager
  • Jonathan Lawler Manager
  • Alexis Rosado Manager
  • Mark Anderson Manager

Management Team (Tampa)

  • John Wilkinson Operating Partner
  • Leo Ballan Executive Chef
  • Beau Motley Manager
  • Don Gunsalus Manager
  • Vanessa DaSilva Manager
  • Peter Herranz Manager
  • Richard Calhoun Manager
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