When it comes to Foster’s Grille, Jeremy Topper was a fan first. He and his wife went to dinner at the Foster’s Grille in Haymarket all the time, he said. When the restaurant began to offer franchising opportunities in 2005, Topper, a long time restaurateur, knew he wanted in. He and his wife, Melissa, bought into the franchise in October 2005 and knew immediately where they wanted to locate.
“We used to live up here in Loudoun,” Topper said. “We knew it was going to be a home for Foster’s.”
Topper teamed with family friend Geoffrey Willis in the summer of 2006 and the two opened their first Loudoun Foster’s Grille in Ashburn in November of that year.
“Jeremy convinced me,” Willis, an Ashburn resident, who also works in medical supplies sales, said. “I saw it was a good concept. And I bought it hook, line and sinker.”