Steve’s contagious passion for connecting with people, developing strong teams, and serving his community was tailor-made for the business his father began building over 20 years ago. In 1993, Steve Grantham, Sr., formed J&R Restaurant Group as the Outback Steakhouse franchisee for Mississippi and West Tennessee.
As the popularity of his Outbacks grew, so did the number of restaurants. Steve, Jr., joined as President of J&R Restaurant Group since 2006. With a Sales and IT background, Steve, Jr., brought with him an ability to connect with people and spot areas where businesses of any kind excel in service and customer satisfaction.
Also in 2006, Steve began supporting the Mississippi National Guard. Since then, the J&R Restaurant Group and its local Outback Steakhouses have supported numerous units across the state for weekend drills, deployment readiness weekends, retirement and rank advancement ceremonies, and family day events.
J&R also supports the local Veterans Administrations and the Mississippi Veterans homes in Collins, Jackson, Kosciusko and Oxford, with annual dinners for residents and staff.
Steve and Outback have also supported Veterans Day events with luncheons and sponsored the PT-17 trainer flyovers in 2012 & 2013 for the Veteran’s day parade.
Steve has been involved with the annual Trail of Honor paying tribute to America’s military personnel past & present since 2009.
Today, Steve, Jr. oversees the growth, culture, and community relations of J&R Outback Steakhouses, including Flowood, Hattiesburg, Meridian, D’Iberville, Tupelo and Southaven (all in Mississippi), as well as Cordova and Jackson, Tennessee.
Steve is married to his wife, Mary Grantham. Steve and Mary have three children – Wiley, Gayle, and Victor. Wiley and Victor are both Eagle Scouts.
Russell is a 36 year veteran in the hospitality industry and has been a part of J&R Restaurant Group for over 21 years. As the Chief Operations officer, he leads a dedicated team of over 600 Managers, Staff, and Support Personnel.
Russell has served in several positions with J&R, and was instrumental in the growth of the company. His responsibilities include the day to day operations and leadership of all J&R Restaurant Group’s Outback Steakhouses, the oversight of two Corporately owned locations, as well as the training and maintenance departments. He also serves on advisory committees for Bloomin’ Brands.
He is a native of Memphis, TN, and attended the University of Memphis with majors in Accounting and Management. Russell has been married to his wife, Christie, for over 25 years and has four children.
Since our first Outback Steakhouse opened in 1993, we’ve been guided by one belief: “The one constant in everything we do is people.” Today, we operate eight restaurants in Mississippi and Tennessee. But that simple statement continues to be the foundation of 5 Principles that guide us with every staff member we grow, every meal we serve, every partner we team with, and every community we support.
People are J&R’s most valuable resource. J&R employs over 750 people in Mississippi and West Tennessee, and we’re always looking for talented, hardworking, and caring people to join our team.
As a franchisee of Outback Steakhouse, J&R Restaurant Group is a family-owned business devoted to our brand, our employees, customers, and shareholders.
J&R is extremely involved in each of the communities we serve through charitable and military events. J&R fosters a family environment for employees where all are invited to voice their concerns, ideas and suggestions. J&R is committed to providing a friendly workplace environment to all employees and management.
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