David DuBois

As CEO of Franklin Restaurant Group, David DuBois has been instrumental in the group’s growth from a single independent restaurant with nine tables in the South End, to a diverse hospitality group with multiple concepts along the East Coast.

David began his culinary career in Boston at the age of 16, working at notable Boston and Cambridge institutions like 33 Dunster Street, Ocean Club, Rarities, and 29 Newbury. Dave later ventured off to hone his skills across the country, working in kitchens in Santa Barbara, Palm Beach, and New York; and across the world in Italy, France, Holland and England. He expanded his horizons working on Martha’s Vineyard, under the tutelage of Chef Jimmy Bradley in Edgartown’s Savoir Fare. When he finally returned home to the Hub it was to plant roots.

In 1996, David opened Franklin Cafe in Boston’s South End neighborhood. DuBois’ creative and intelligent way with modern American cuisine — and Franklin’s reputation for great food and drinks served at a fair prices — circulated through Boston via word of mouth and positive press. Offering Franklin’s full menu until 1:30 a.m. every night made the Franklin the late night place to unwind for staff from many of Boston’s best restaurants. This was a bold move in a city that mostly shut down by 11:00 p.m. Along with other risky innovations, such as not serving desserts, and maintaining a fifteen dollar over wholesale wine policy, the Franklin carved its own road to success.

In 2010, David went on to open Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, which was born from the American Tavern movement and the desire to elevate the tavern concept, while still presenting a reasonable price point. Since opening, Citizen has become a Fenway neighborhood fixture. 2010 also saw the opening of Tasty Burger, a modern take on the neighborhood burger restaurant. Since opening the first Tasty across the street from Citizen, Franklin Restaurant Group has gone on to open a total of six locations of Tasty Burger in the Boston and Washington, D.C. areas.

Today, the Franklin Restaurant Group includes Franklin Cafe in the South End, Franklin Cape Ann in Gloucester, Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar in Fenway, six locations of Tasty Burger along the East Coast, and the soon-to-open Our Fathers Delicatessen in Allston.

As Chef/Overseer of the Franklin Restaurant Group, DuBois has received local, national and international accolades from Boston magazine, Gourmet magazine, Food & Wine, the London Sunday Telegraph, and more.