We Are Greer.

A family-owned, hospitality and commercial
real estate development company.

We are headquartered in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky.
An independent restaurant company launching Coba Cocina and other unique concepts, and a franchisee of casual dining and hotel chains, including Cheddar's Casual Café, Marriott, and Hilton hotels.

It's our mission to give you everything we've got.

About Us

We believe

in giving people more than they can imagine
and everything we've got.

So we only serve up the same quality, value, and respect we give our own families.
It's why you'll only find fresh, delicious, homemade, and handmade food in our restaurants.
Why our hotels offer only warm hospitality and great service.
It's why we take time to listen and do more than people expect.

It's why we own everything we build - and why Kentucky will always be our home.

Because the things that matter don't come in fancy packages or from far-away factories.
They come from years spent doing right by people and their families.
They come from our hearts, minds, and hands.

And they're always made from scratch.

  • 1969

    Phil Greer Graduates from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Health, Physical Education
    and Recreation.


    Phil taught at Tates Creek High School and coached football, wrestling, and tennis, and his teams won six state championships. During this time he was also a college basketball referee for the Southeastern, Metro, Southwest, and Ohio Valley Conferences.

  • 1980s

    Greer formed a real estate partnership.


    Dunn Greer Realtors was started.

  • 1988

    September 1988 Greer Companies begins.


    August 1989 1st Shoney's opens.

  • 1994

    First Fazoli's is built in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.


    First Cheddar's is built in Lexington, Kentucky
    on Tates Creek.

  • 2002

    Lee Greer joins the company.


    Cathy celebrates her 20th anniversary.

  • 2011

    100th Cheddar's location opens in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Company breaks 100 million in annual sales.


    Greer Companies 30th location opens
    in Beckley, West Virginia.

  • 2013

    Greer Companies 40th location opens in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Our Team

For us, it's simple

surround yourself with good people and
great things will happen.

What do you get when you combine a former University of Kentucky
football player who hails from the coal mines, a comedian/attorney, a Wall
Street financial guy, and a Kentucky farm boy with a brain as big as his
attitude? A company that builds character - and has a cast of characters.
A company that brings together people from diverse backgrounds
and disciplines, because we know that's where the magic is.

It's our job to take good care of people,
and we start with each other.

  • Phil Greer
    Chief Executive Officer
    Phil Greer
    Chief Executive Officer

    Hometown: Jenkins, KY

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Jenkins High School
    University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Arts
    Georgetown College, Masters of Education
    Eastern Kentucky University, Rank II

    Experience: 40 years in real estate

    Lee Greer
    Lee Greer

    Hometown: Lexington KY

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Tates Creek High School
    University of Virigina, Bachelor of Science in Commerce
    Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Certification, Series 7, Series 43

    Greer Companies, President since 2002
    iVisionary, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President (2000-2002)
    Merrill Lynch Investment Banking, Senior Analyst (1999-2000)

    Steve Pottinger
    EVP Operations, Mint Julep Restaurants
    Steve Pottinger
    Executive VP of Operations, Mint Julep Restaurants

    Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Trinity High School, Louisville Kentucky
    University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts
    Thomas M Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor
    FCBA, Fayette County Bar Association
    KBA, Kentucky Bar Association
    Delta Theta Phi, Law Fraternity

    Greer Companies, Executive Vice President of Restaurant Operations since 1995, Mint Julep Restaurants
    Philpot & Sullivan, Corporate Attorney

  • Cathy Fuller
    Office Manager
    Cathy Fuller
    Office Manager

    Hometown: Lexington, KY

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Bryan Station High School
    University of Kentucky

    Greer Companies, Office Manager since 1988
    Dunn Greer Realtors, Real Estate Agent

    Bill Kirk
    EVP Operations, Northstar Hospitality
    Bill Kirk
    Executive VP of Operations, Northstar Hospitality

    Hometown: Tynemouth, England

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Tynemouth High School
    No.1 Radio School, Royal Air Force, Electronic Engineering, (CHA) Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Lodging Association

    Greer Companies, Vice President of Operations, Northstar Hospitality since 2000
    Holiday Inn Express (Nicholasville), General Manager
    Bass plc (England), General Manager
    Peninsula Pro-Shops, Owner
    Royal Air Force, Master Aircrew and Electronic Technician

    Donald Vittitow
    Chief Financial Officer
    Donald Vittitow
    Chief Financial Officer

    Hometown: New Haven, KY

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Nelson County High School
    University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Science
    Certified Public Accountant

    Greer Companies, Chief Financial Officer since 2009
    Office Suites PLUS, Chief Financial Officer
    Studio Plus Hotels, Vice President
    Coopers & Lybrand, Senior Advisor

  • Mike Wright
    Director of Human Resources
    Mike Wright
    Director of Human Resources

    Hometown: Lexington, KY

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Whitesburg High School
    Berea College, Bachelor of Arts

    Greer Companies/Mint Julep Restaurants, Director HR since 2010
    Toyota Boshoku, General Manager HR
    Trim Masters Inc, General Manager HR

    Laura Holsclaw
    Laura Holsclaw

    Hometown: Lexington, KY

    Education, Distinctions, and Memberships:
    Tates Creek High School
    University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Science
    University of Kentucky , Masters Business Administration

    Greer Companies, Comptroller since 1994
    Jerrico, Inc. (Long John Silver's, Fazoli's, etc.), Director of Corporate Reporting
    Public Accounting, Accounting Manager

    Joey Police
    Director of Information Technology
    Joey Police
    Director of Information Technology

    Hometown: Lexington, KY

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Dayton Christian, Ohio
    Eastern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Arts
    Microsoft Certified Trainer
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

    Greer Companies, Chief Technology Officer since 2009
    CTS, Inc. Lexington, Senior Project Manager (1998-2008)

  • Morgan Allen
    Director of Construction
    Morgan Allen
    Director of Construction

    Hometown: Paris, KY

    Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
    Paris High School

    Greer Companies, Director of Construction since 2005
    Lane Consultants, Real Estate Agent
    Seed Restaurant Group (Fazoli's), Director of Finance Development
    Jerrico, Inc (Long John Silver's), Director of Operations

    Larry Kerns
    Director of Concept Development
    Larry Kerns
    Director of Concept Development

    Hometown: Warren, Ohio

    Education, Distinctions, and Memberships:
    John F Kennedy High School
    Youngstown State University ,Bachelors of Science Accounting/Finance

    Mint Julep Restaurant Group, Director Concept Development, since 2011
    MCrowd Restaurant Group, Director Operations (2008-2011)
    River Road Restaurants, Director Operations (2006-2008)
    Phaedra Restaurant Corp (dba Cheddars Casual Café), VP Operations (1988-2006)


We love

crafting special places, unforgettable experiences and new friendships - and we've been doing it since the day Greer began.

We believe success is not defined by what we do, but by how we do it. So we take care to do things right.
Because when someone cares, it shows and communities flourish.

That's why before we begin any new project, we take the time to listen to neighbors,
local business owners, community leaders, environmental engineers, and landscape architects to
ensure that everything we do embraces the traditions, character, and goals of the community.
Together, we'll create special places that are unique to the communities of which they're part.

Places they'll be proud to call their own.
Places, By Greer.


We grew up in American Kitchens

And we come from hard working people who tended gardens, canned vegetables, and made fresh, delicious food from recipes passed down over generations.

Our Mint Julep Restaurants group makes everything from scratch. It's not just our food philosophy, it's the way we approach the world. From the design of our restaurants, to the chefs and prep cooks that craft fresh, delicious homemade and handmade food, to the servers and managers who make your enjoyment their mission. Our restaurants include three unique and world class independent concepts - Coba Cocina, Cobar Cantina, and Cocoh! Confectioner - in Lexington, KY, as well as 42 Cheddar's Casual Cafés in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

Sound good? Then, come on, y'all!


We are proud

to be a franchisee of Hilton, Marriott,
and the Intercontinental Hotel Group.

We're also travelers and adventurers who understand that a fresh, clean,
well appointed hotel room and warm service make for the best journeys.
Conveniently located in cities and towns throughout the South, our hotels provide
a comfortable and comforting haven, exceptional value, and service

rivaled only by the only other place in the world we recommend: home.


Join Our Team

Looking to join the Greer Companies team?

If you're the kind of person who enjoys working in a fast-paced, creative atmosphere that celebrates great service and teamwork, then we might be the right fit.

Your opportunity awaits.