Francis Luttmer brings over 28 years of experience in full service restaurant dining including his many years with Hillstone Restaurant Group. Luttmer will be responsible for the daily execution of outstanding food and service at the current NL Group brands: DISH Preston Hollow, Cedar Grove and Front Room Tavern at the Lumen Hotel. “Francis joins NL Group with unmatched operational leadership, strength and knowledge gained from many years of top managerial experience. Along with his commitment to the community and long lasting relationships, we are fortunate to have him as part of our team,” said McEneny.

Luttmer brings his broad expertise at an exciting time for NL Group, a company that is consistently creating successful and respected restaurant concepts, compounding a competitive edge in the Dallas dining scene.

“I am excited and inspired to be associated with NL Group, a fresh and creative restaurant organization. I hope to marry my experience with Tim McEneny’s leadership and the company’s enthusiasm to introduce innovative, delicious menus as well as develop pioneering concepts for the Dallas market and perhaps beyond,” said Luttmer.

Luttmer has been in Dallas, and more specifically the Preston Hollow and Park Cities markets, since 1996. Originally a resident of University Park, he now resides in Preston Hollow. Luttmer moved from Atlanta to Dallas after opening a new location for Houston’s in 1988, where he was the Regional Manager for all of the company’s southwest restaurants including Phoenix, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans and Dallas. He presided over the introduction of the Hillstone transformation at the Preston Road location. Most recently, he was responsible for the success of the R+D Kitchen brand, now a household name in Dallas. A native of Ohio, Luttmer graduated with a BA in Marketing and Advertising from Michigan State University in 1981.

Luttmer’s fresh perspective and passion for philanthropy are a testament to his understanding of the Dallas neighborhoods and local community. He served on the Art + Architecture 2016 Committee benefitting the Dallas Art Museum, and is an avid supporter of The Meadows Museum and the Spanish Sister City Initiative between Dallas and Valencia, Spain. Luttmer has served nonprofits at all program, fundraising and leadership levels including Cattle Baron’s Ball, DIFFA Dallas, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, Dallas Art Museum, Black Tie Dinner as well as the Human Rights Campaign. His strong history of philanthropic relationships in the Dallas area and beyond make him an ideal fit for engaging the community to support current and future concepts within NL Group.