First Watch Hires First General Counsel

Industry veteran Jay Wolszczak joins fast-growing daytime-only concept as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

BRADENTON, Florida – May 2, 2018 – First Watch announced today that it has added a C-level restaurant industry veteran to its executive team. The leading breakfast, brunch and concept welcomed Jay Wolszczak as its new Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel. Wolszczak brings decades of experience providing sophisticated legal counsel and business management expertise on a global scale to First Watch, where he will lead the company’s legal interests in the areas of real estate and construction, trademark, risk management, regulatory compliance, employment law, corporate finance, transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate functions as necessary.

Jay Wolszczak
Jay Wolszczak

Wolszczak most recently served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for Hard Rock International, Inc. in Orlando. For more than 20 years, he worked with the globally renowned brand, playing an integral role in the company’s growth from 30 to 181 cafes and from one to 25 hotels and 11 casinos during his tenure.

“It is imperative that as we continue to execute our aggressive growth strategy, we strengthen our foundation with experienced professionals who not only have a track record of success in the industry, but also whose values and approach to the business closely align with those of First Watch,” said Chris Tomasso, president of First Watch. “Jay is highly regarded in our industry, and his broad and extensive experience in all facets of law and other business affairs are a welcome addition to our already strong executive team. I had the privilege to work with him for many years early in our respective careers and am excited to have him join our team.”

First Watch serves its entire menu seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and offers customers complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi Internet access.


About First Watch First Watch specializes in award-winning, made-to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, and unique specialty items like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast and the Chickichanga. First Watch was recognized as one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2017 Second 100 restaurant brands, and was named the 2016 top Family Dining restaurant by Consumer Reports and a 2015 Top Consumer Pick by Nation’s Restaurant News. First Watch is the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the United States with more than 320 restaurants in 29 states, including more than 250 First Watch restaurants, 75 The Egg & I restaurants and one Bread & Company restaurant in Nashville. For more information, visit firstwatch.com.

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