Matt Bodnar

Short Bio

Matt Bodnar, named to Forbes “30 Under 30”, called a “Rising Restaurateur Star” by the National Restaurant Association and a “Strategy Pro” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine, is a partner at early stage investment firm Fresh Hospitality. Bodnar joined Fresh in 2011 after several years at Goldman Sachs. He sourced and lead the firm’s investment in I Love Juice Bar, vertical farming startup Square Roots, Vui’s Kitchen, Grilled Cheeserie, and several more deals. Bodnar is a board member and works closely with a number of portfolio companies including Tazikis, I Love Juice Bar, Martins BBQ, Octane Coffee, and Fresh Technology. Bodnar is also the co-founder of Fresh Capital, which focuses on commercial real estate investing and development.

My Story

At Fresh, I focus on deal making, structuring transactions, and strategy. I also works closely with many portfolio companies including I Love Juice Bar, Fresh Technology, Tazikis, and Fresh Capital.

Our mission at Fresh Hospitality is to help entrepreneurs grow. We achieve our mission by providing financial and intellectual capital to growing businesses in the food service value chain.

We are focused on the growing fast casual segment with the two largest pieces of our portfolio being in Healthy Food and Indulgent Food (Biscuit, BBQ, etc).

Our brands are “Best in Class” – everything we do is made from scratch every day.

Our strengths are in operations and scalable growth – we bring the tools and the talent to take an amazing concept and grow it to the next level.

In addition, Fresh invests in and operates businesses across the restaurant value chain including agriculture, production, retail distribution, real estate, technology and restaurant operations.

I am also the creator and host of The Science of Success, a podcast about exploring ways to improve your decision-making, understand your mind and how psychology rules the world around you, and learn from experts and thought leaders about ways we can become better versions of ourselves.

Investing and risk-taking have always been passions of mine, having spent a few years on the interest rates derivatives desk at Goldman Sachs and countless hours at the poker table both live and online.

I love travel and adventure, having been to every continent except Antarctica and previously worked as an import/export consultant in Nanjing, China.

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Adventures & More

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Adventure’s In Australia

Adventure’s In China

Media Coverage

Forbes 30 Under 30

Matt Bodnar Forbes 30 Under 30

Insatiable: Fresh Hospitality is Building the Next Restaurant Empire
Nashville Business Journal [Cover Story]

The 25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies In America
Restaurant Hospitality Magazine

Fresh Hospitality Grows Restaurant Empire
The Tennessean

Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30
CFF Finest

Fresh Hospitality Has Its Fingers On The Pulse of Fast Casual Scaling (

Matt Bodnar on Foodable.TV

Fresh Hospitality Named “Best Restaurant Real Estate Geniuses”
Nashville Scene

The Nashville Post: Leaders 2017
The Nashville Post

Acme Radio – The Science of Success with Guest Matt Bodnar
Acme Radio

Fresh Hospitality Grows Fast Locally, and Faster Nationally 
The Nashville Post

Why Fast Casual Is Not The Future of the Restaurant Business

Meet the Nashville Team Building an Empire of Fast Casual Restaurants
Nashville Business Journal

In Charge 2015: Food Biz
Nashville Post

RH 2015 Top Performers Share Tales from the Trenches
Restaurant Hospitality Magazine

New Restaurant Planned for Copper Kettle Site
The Tennessean

Fresh Hospitality Plans Another Restaurant in SoBro
Nashville Business Journal

Germantown Site To Be Redeveloped
The Tennessean

Risky Business: How Career Risks Can Pay Off
Job Postings 

Rising restaurateur star, social media pro shares tips on how to build raving fans
National Restaurant Association

Social Media: Where To ‘Start’
Nation’s Restaurant News

Studying Social Media
Nation’s Restaurant News

The Future of Fast Casual
Franchise Wire

The “Fresh Casual” Restaurant Model
The Sequiter
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