Your Kitchen Advocates

At EVI, we know kitchens. With decades of experience in the industry, we understand that a high-performing kitchen is the key ingredient to a successful restaurant. As your kitchen advocate, we manage project details for you from concept to completion, executing your vision while optimizing your space and meeting your budget. To date, we have completed more than 3,000 kitchens nationwide for dozens of independent, regional, and national brands.

Mission Statement

We blend our passion, creativity, and industry knowledge to craft innovative, functional, and dynamic kitchens.

We are restaurant people to the core.

Our History

Tom and Dana Lawson established Earnest Ventures, Inc. (EVI) in 1995. Based in Glenelg, Maryland, EVI specializes in multi-unit restaurants, national, and regional chain work, as well as independent food groups from coast to coast. EVI excels at project management. We complete kitchens on time and within budget.

Tom has been working in the restaurant equipment business for more than 35 years. He fell in love with the industry at 14, when he started as a dishwasher in Annapolis, MD. Dana’s love for kitchens and food also started early with her first summer job at a family-run deli in South Florida. Together, they bring years of experience and knowledge in commercial foodservice, hospitality, catering, kitchen design, foodservice equipment, and project management. Tom and Dana make it a priority to work closely with owners and chefs to create meaningful partnerships.

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