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Meet The Owner

Ameen Restaurants

Nameer Ameen is an award-winning restaurateur and a 25 year industry veteran involved in numerous restaurant openings the past 17 years at Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest casual dining company. Most recently, before his recent acquisition of Cravings Wine Bar and Grille, Nameer served as Director of Operations at Darden Restaurants. During his time with Darden he was in charge of executing Olive Garden’s strategic business plan and ran restaurant operations in both Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Nameer immigrated to the United States from Pakistan when he was only 20 years old to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He holds a B.S. Degree is Hospitality and Tourism Management and a M.S. Degree in Training and Development.

Nameer started Ameen Restaurants, Inc. as a tribute to his parents, who will always have a special place in his heart. They taught him the value of “being of service”. His vision is to make Ameen Restaurants, Inc. a premier Minnesota restaurant company which embodies a variety of different restaurant types, appealing to diverse guest choices. Nameer is a proud Lake Elmo, MN resident and father of three boys – Shahan Ameen (22), Haaris Ameen (18 years old, passed away 9/26/19) and the king of his heart, Armaan Ameen (16). The older boys work side by side with Mr. Ameen during summer and winter breaks.