Former California Attorney General to Become Chairman of Lawry’s Restaurants


Lawry’s Restaurants in Pasadena, California, has recently appointed former California Attorney General John Van de Kamp as their Chairman of the Board, announced President and CEO of the company, Richard R. Frank. Van de Kamp will be taking over for Richard N. Frank, who served as Chairman since 1970.

Lawry’s Restaurants operates Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, and Las Vegas, as well as restaurants in Signapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and many more locations. The new chairman will oversee the a plan for smart growth of all of Lawry’s Restaurants, including other holdings in the area, like Lawry’s Carvey, Five Crowns, and the Tam O’Shanter, which celebrates its 90th anniversary on June 22.

“Lawry’s Restaurants will benefit from John’s wisdom and experience,” says Richard R. Frank.”This reaffirms and strengthens the more than 90-year relationship between the Frank and Van de Kamp families.”

Van de Kamp worked for the company during the ’50s and ’60s in various positions before joining the Board. In addition to being former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General of California, he was the first Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles and served as L.A. County’s District Attorney from 1975 to 1983. He was also elected President of the State Bar of California in 2004.

Lawry’s was founded in 1915, with a partnership between Theodore Van de Kamp, John Van de Kamp’s uncle, and Lawrence L. Frank, Richard N. Frank’s father. The brand is most often associated with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, one of the most successful seasoning product in U.S. history.

For more information about the restaurant please visit their website.

Posted by Melanie Figueroa