League of Women Voters
"...Covey immediately recognized the location's great potential, so she discussed the prime property with three young entrepreneurs who were renting her downtown restaurant kitchen for their catering operation. In a matter of weeks, Mike Young, John Zapp, and Craig Ainesworth had secured a lease on the property and were on their way to opening a new Tex-Mex restaurant with a menu designed by Covey..."
"...and Enron in Houston. Once here, he became corporate chef for Comida Deluxe, then the parent company for Chuy's and other restaurant concepts owned by longtime Austin restaurateurs Mike Young and John Zapp..."
"...Mike Young and John Zapp were both at Gianni's (an Italian restaurant that preceded Carmelo's) when in 1982 they combined their talents and the love of Tejano and Tex-Mex food that Young grew up with in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, to open Chuy's Comida Deluxe. Austin's favorite Elvis-kitsch shrine and temple of Tex-Mex and margaritas now has 24 locations (including Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana) with four more set to join soon..."
"...It seems that she has been getting an annoying volume of calls from folks looking for a new eatery on the shores of Lake Austin called the Boat Yard (3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 651-0505). As we discovered, there is no current listing for the Boat Yard in local information, so we called the offices of proprietors Mike Young and John Zapp, aka Comida Deluxe, and they provided the phone number..."
"...Mike Young and John Zapp opened the original Chuy's in 1982 with no decorating budget. That's how they ended up with a velvet painting of Elvis that became a focal point for the restaurant..."
"...Mike & Charlie's was one of Mike Young's first local restaurant ventures. He would go on to open Los Tres Bobos and then partner up with John Zapp at Gianni's (504 E..."
"...Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill co-creators Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso have sold their interest in the company to a group of investors that includes members of the management team: Chief Executive Officer Steven Micheletti and Executive Chef Jack Gilmore, Paul Fleming Restaurants LLC, and other private equity partners. The new company will open the 11th Z'Tejas outlet in Avery Ranch later this year Chuy's founders Mike Young and John Zapp have made a deal with New York-based Good Partners in order to more rapidly expand their popular Mexican concept in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas..."
"...After El Metate closed, Bobbie discovered an about-to-be-vacated barbecue joint at 1728 Barton Springs Rd. and recognized it as the perfect spot for the Mexican restaurant Ainsworth and partners Mike Young and John Zapp wanted to create..."
"...John Zapp, co-owner of Chuy's, came to love New Mexico's green chile in the early Eighties while on ski vacations there. Although Chuy's began its Annual Green Chile Festival 14 years ago, "it's still a relatively new thing here in Austin -- a novelty." Bobby Skov agrees..."
"...With the neon "Hot Donuts Now" sign blazing, new franchisees Roy Spence and Mike Young spent the evening at the end of that conveyor belt handing out hot donuts to their guests, giving guided tours of the donut kitchen and generally acting like delighted boys with a brand new toy. The gleeful pair of local moguls have both the financial clout and multiple-unit restaurant experience required to land the franchise and with partners Randy Willard, Judy Trabulsi, John Zapp, and Paul Brady, aka Glazing Saddles Inc., they plan to open at least nine more outlets in the Austin/San Antonio area..."
"...Xena, Carrabba's, Outback Steakhouse, HangTown and Rudy's have lately been joined by the third Chuy's location and there's a Joe's Crab Shack visible on the horizon. Meanwhile, back on the original "Restaurant Row" on Barton Springs Road, Mike Young and John Zapp of Comida Deluxe (Chuy's, Shady Grove, Hula Hut) have sold their Italian restaurant outlet, Romeo's, to company employees Jas Lemert and Kristine Moberly..."
"...Tim and Georgia have departed on a year or two of extensive globe-trotting and plan to do some research for a possible future restaurant venture. The other local sale rumor involving a management team buying Romeo's from Mike Young and John Zapp of Comida Deluxe cannot be confirmed at this time....."