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Turning Point Restaurants' Founder Receives Industry’s Highest Honor

Turning Point Restaurants' Founder Receives Industry’s Highest Honor

Kirk Ruoff, founder and owner of the The Turning Point restaurants received the Golden Plate Award 2017 from New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association at the 37th Annual Awards Gala. The event presented awards to the state’s best and the brightest professionals at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City in November.

The Gold Plate Award recognizes model leadership and community service within the industry, which is the New Jersey’s largest private sector employer comprised of more than 300,000 restaurant professionals. 

“I say this every year, but it’s true—picking the winners is hard. We have so many impressive restaurant owners and culinary teachers that have influenced our industry and continue to make a difference,” said Marilou Halvorsen, president of the NJRHA. 

Among the most recent accolades The Turning Point received in 2017 are “Best Breakfast” in New Jersey Monthly magazine; “Best Breakfast Bites” Main Line Magazine” and “ Readers’ Choice Award” in Philly Magazine.

The Turning Point concept serving breakfast, lunch and brunch, was established in 1998 with the Little Silver, New Jersey site and now comprises 16 restaurants with 12 locations in New Jersey and four in Pennsylvania. Supporting the communities they serve has always been a part of Turning Point’s business practices, which has raised a quarter of a million dollars to date for various local charities.

“We are now entering our 20th year of business and I am humbled at how hard our staff and vendors work every day to keep our wonderful, loyal guests happy. This award is an amazing acknowledgment of these efforts over the years,” said Ruoff, who resides in Monmouth Beach with his wife, Pam, and their two children.

The 12 New Jersey locations are located in Brick, Cherry Hill, Hoboken, Holmdel, Little Silver, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlton, Princeton, Sea Girt, Westfield and Moorestown opening in early 2018.  The four Pennsylvania locations are Warrington, Bryn Mawr and North Wales and Blue Bell.

Each location is tastefully decorated with soothing natural colors, wainscoting, rich wood trim, lush live plants, large windows allowing plenty of natural light, comfortable dining areas, gas fireplaces, a private meeting area, a counter, and outside seating for warmer seasons.

Turning Point restaurants are open daily from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Menus include breakfast, lunch, children’s, catering and takeout menus.

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