First Watch is a restaurant chain based in University Park, FL. The headquarters are located at 8027 Cooper Creek Blvd in University Park, FL. The 6,000 employees that are employed by First Watch are spread among the more than 200 locations across 26 states. The first was opened in Pacific Grove, California in 1983 by Ken Pendery and John Sullivan. They moved the business to Bradenton, FL in 1986. First Watch restaurants are named for the nautical terminology that refers to the first shift of the day. They co founded it after leaving the Le Peep breakfast chain in Colorado. Since January 1, 2016, Kenneth L Pendry Jr. has been the CEO. The President of First Watch is Christopher A. Tomasso, the Chief Financial Officer is Paul Hineman, the Chief Operating Officer is Richard M. Akman, and the Director of Brand is Kevin Hall. First Watch restaurants are only open between 7am-2:30pm.
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