“Every day, I learned something new, or just had a great time. It was hard work, and a challenge, but it was so exciting that I couldn’t stop”
President and founder of Kyle G’s Prime Seafood and Steaks, Kyle Greene was born right here on the Treasure Coast. Kyle was not only raised as a local here but also raised in the restaurant industry – starting his first culinary-based position as a dishwasher at the age of fifteen. As a youngster Kyle would grow from the position of dishwasher at locally beloved Lefty’s, to a line-cook at the establishment where he would fall in love with the restaurant industry as a whole. The energy, the comradery, the slight flirtation with danger, and the prestige of the culinary world would soon become Kyle’s only focus. If only he knew how deep his infatuation with perfecting the craft of service really was.
Becoming a member of the culinary team at Rottie’s at the age of seventeen, to the chagrin of his father who thought he was crazy, Kyle had his first taste of fine dining. Rottie’s would educate Kyle on the nuances of fine dining and the importance of serving high-quality food. This experience would shape the future for young Kyle Greene and eventually lead him to attend and graduate from culinary school in West Palm Beach. After graduation, Kyle would return to his hometown to open his first restaurant: The Brickwall Grille. For nearly four years The Brickwall Grille was a bellwether restaurant on the Treasure Coast, proving that guests need not travel to Palm Beach or Miami for a first-class culinary experience. The success of Kyle’s first restaurant was too good to be true, as the recession loomed and eventually shuttered the doors of The Brickwall Grille.
Over the next few years Kyle would embark on a tour-de-culinaire – learning talents in both the front and the back of the house from masters of the craft like Emeril Legasse at Emeril’s in Miami Beach, Smith and Wollensky Steak House in South Beach, and The Capital Grille in Palm Beach Gardens. The fruition of this hard work and careful learning was the position that brought Kyle back to the Treasure Coast: Food and Beverage Manager / Executive Chef at Ballantrae Country Club.
As it turns out, Kyle was not ready for retirement at a country club just yet. The restaurant industry was in his blood and he needed to work somewhere that challenged his abilities. Ten years after closing the doors at The Brickwall Grille, Kyle took the position of Executive Chef at the new Pietro’s on the Ocean – in an all too familiar building. After a short time at Pietro’s, Kyle would leap into a new project as the Kitchen Manager at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in Orlando. In two years time, Eddie V’s would relocate Kyle to La Jolla, California, to help manage a three-story $9 million dollar establishment. Running an outfit this large taught Kyle the true nuances of operating a large restaurant successfully. He would then take this knowledge to another Darden brand, Yardhouse. Yardhouse was yet another challenge with over 150 items on the menu at any given time and a kitchen staff of roughly 45 team members. A true leadership challenge would present itself in running Yardhouse. After helping the Yardhouse location in San Diego to become one of the top performing restaurants in the company, Kyle took an opportunity to move back to Florida, this time in Boca Raton.
Back home on the east coast of Florida, Kyle would repeat the steps that led San Diego Yardhouse to success: hiring from within, cutting costs, and providing an exceptional experience for the guest. But, as anyone with ambition would know the thought of attempting a new challenge was a daily consideration. So, like Bob Dylan going electric, Kyle suddenly decided he needed to switch gears and enter into the world of investment. Leaving the restaurant industry in the rear-view, Kyle would complete his 2-15 and series 6 licenses. Through a series of connections Kyle became an investment advisor. While the numbers game was always something Kyle was interested in it would only be a year before the sizzle of a hot pan would call him back to the restaurant – this time in a suit and a chef coat.
After fourteen years Kyle has returned to where it all began. On the beautiful shores of Jensen Beach, Kyle G’s Prime Seafood and Steaks is a culmination of all of the great teachers, team members and supporters that Kyle has had throughout the years. Incredibly humble to have the opportunity to once again serve the people of the Treasure Coast, Kyle is committed to bringing the best possible culinary experience through his restaurant here. Backed by an unmatched team and an unwavering community Kyle would just like to do what he loves and would like for you to just - simply - enjoy.
Kyle serves his community through multiple organizations within the community:
- Treasurer, Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
- Vice President, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Treasure Coast Chapter
- Volunteer, Great Futures Task Force, Boys and Girls Club of Saint Lucie County
- Kyle also supports many local non-profits through participation and contributing to fundraisers and events.