HARRY'S ON MAIN TEAM
John Elkhay, Maestro
Just hearing the name “Elkhay” sends the Providence restaurant scene abuzz! Since he first burst into the Rhode Island market in the early 1980's, people have been chanting his name. John Elkhay is considered one of the industry’s top chefs and is also a well respected Rhode Island restaurateur, who has received local, regional and national accolades.
Upon completing his culinary studies at Johnson & Whales University, John honed his skills at several acclaimed restaurants including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and the famed Jared Coffin House. Finding his way back to Rhode Island, John spread his magic all over Providence turning local hot spots like Inprov, Catering Collaborative and Atomic Grill into gold. He pushed the culinary envelope in 1997 when he opened his first restaurant - the sexy, romantic and artistically inspired - XO Café . Now, John is the ever present, creative genius and culinary Maestro of Chow Fun Food Group, which owns and operates some RI’s most acclaimed dining locations: 10 Prime Steak & Sushi, Rick’s Roadhouse, Luxe Burger Bar, XO Café, and Harry’s Bar & Burger.
Just as his culinary prowess has helped shape the City into a dining destination, it is his efforts outside of the kitchen and in the community that have perhaps made an even larger impact. Ross Elkhay, the son of John and his wife Suzanne, passed away at the age of 12 from complications of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). While losing a child at such a young age is unimaginable, John and Suzanne counted themselves blessed to have enjoyed Ross for as long as they did, and poured their energy into raising money for CF.
In 2000, John and Suzanne, with the support of dear friends, launched Chefs for CF, pairing local chefs and volunteer hosts to throw a dinner party in their homes. Chefs and accompanying wait staff donate their time to the event while their restaurants provide the food and the hosts and guests provide donations that go right to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To date, the event has raised more than $300,000 for the organization’s research efforts.
Also in 2000, John and Suzanne founded the Ross Elkhay Foundation to support children and their families who are living with a life-altering or terminal illness. Fundraising activities include an annual wine auction and golf tournament, with proceeds donated to local children’s organizations, families of children with life-altering diseases, or other charitable activities, including $190,000 that the Foundation granted to the City of Warwick to build and support a handicap accessible fishing pier and boardwalk at Gorton Pond, in honor of Ross’ passion for painting and fishing.
Teddy Newcomer, President
Theodore Martin Newcomer, Jr. grew up in Bradley Beach, NJ where he was raised in the hospitality industry. While working in both the kitchen and in the front of the house in restaurants throughout New Jersey, Teddy knew that this was the industry in which he wanted to excel. Teddy chose to attend Johnson & Wales University, where he obtained an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors of Science in Foodservice Management.
In his efforts to further his career and continue to grow, Teddy joined XO Steakhouse in 1998. Since then Teddy has worked as a cook, a server and a bartender. In addition, Teddy spent summers in New Jersey as a Sous Chef and enhanced his skills in the kitchen. Teddy was then named Assistant Manager at XO in 2001 and began working as a Bar Manager at 10 Prime Steak & Sushi in 2002.
Ted not only helped transition XO Café into Café Noir at the end 2007 but in 2008 helped transform Big Fish into Rick’s Roadhouse. In the same year, he assisted in opening Chinese Laundry, which received the award for Best Exotic Drink Menu. Citron Wine and Bar turned into Luxe Burger Bar in 2009 and Ted was named Senior Vice President of Operations and in 2010 he transitioned Chinese Laundry into Harry’s Bar & Burger. In 2012 Ted helped re-launch XO Café as well as open the second Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield, MA in 2013.
Ted was promoted to President of Chow Fun Food Group in 2015 and currently sits on the Board of Directors on the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and chairs the Governmental Affairs Committee.
Teddy has been recognized in Sante Magazine, Yankee Foodservice and the Providence Business News. Named exceptional bartender by Providence Monthly, his Espresso Martini was voted the “Best drink to keep you up at night” and his White Sangria was voted “Best Sangria” by RI Monthly.
Ted resides in Providence with his wife Kristen and their three children Ashley, Lily and Kodiak.
Ryan Daw, General Manager
Ryan Daw takes great pride as the General Manager of Harry’s Bar & Burger, affectionately called “Harry’s OG” since the second location, “Harry’s on the Hill” opened in October 2014. Ryan takes great pride in maintaining the highest level of food quality and making sure that “Harry’s OG” has “No Crap on Tap”.
Although he is originally from San Diego, CA, Ryan’s family relocated to Pawtucket, RI when he was a young child and he graduated from Tolman High School in 2004. After high school Ryan attended the University of RI for a short period until deciding to move back to the Central Coast of California. Although he had been in the restaurant business all throughout high school, starting as a dishwasher at 13 years old, it was not until he moved to California and began working as a line cook, bar back and busser, where he found his love for the culinary world. Returning to Rhode Island, Ryan enrolled at Johnson & Wales where he received his Associates in Applied Science Culinary Arts in 2011 and furthered his education to a Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management Sustainability & Wellness in 2013, graduating Summa Cum Laude with both degrees.
Ryan began his career with Chow Fun Food Group in 2010 as a line cook and was promoted to the Kitchen Manager of “Harry’s OG” in 2011 shortly after receiving his associates degree. In 2012, due to an extremely heavy school schedule during his Culinary Labs, Ryan moved to Rick’s Roadhouse as the head line cook in order to concentrate on his studies. Once he finished his Culinary Labs and was able to take on a heavier work load, Ryan moved into the position of Sous Chef at the highly acclaimed XO Café which he held until 2015. In January 2015, Ryan was promoted to General Manager of Harry’s Bar & Burger and has proven to be a major asset to both Harry’s and Chow Fun Food Group as a whole.
Ryan currently lives in Barrington, RI with his wife Kerri and in June 2016 they became parents for the first time to a beautiful baby boy named Oliver.