Charles Bililies

Founder & CEO


Charles Bililies is the Founder & CEO of Souvla. A Greek-American, Bililies
comes from a family tradition of restaurateurs and is deeply passionate
about the hospitality experience. Bon Appetit Magazine dubbed Bililies
“the Mark Zuckerberg of fast fine restaurants” and Souvla is a San
Francisco Chronicle “Top 100 restaurant”, a recipient of the StarChefs
award for “Best Concept” and has been featured in such media outlets
as The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes
and Bloomberg.

Bililies now leads strategic development for the restaurant group, focusing
on new business opportunities, financial planning, team, culture, and
brand consistency. He also now serves as an advisor (both officially and
unofficially) to partners in the food and tech space, including Apple,
Square, Caviar, and Plate IQ. He regularly speaks on panels and in the
press about the future of restaurants and tech, entrepreneurship, and
how to develop profitable restaurants.

Charles moved to California in 2006 and worked for Chef Thomas Keller at
The French Laundry and Bouchon Bistro, as well as Chef Michael Mina at
both his eponymous restaurant and RN74. He holds degrees in Hospitality
Management from Cornell University and Culinary Arts from Johnson &
Wales University.