Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Chuck Criswell has devoted his life to hospitality. After graduating from the University of Houston with a degree in finance, he accepted his first management position at Houston’s, the renowned restaurant chain created by George Biel.
After several years at Houston’s, he accepted a General Manager position with Damian Mandola and Johnny Carrabba. Over the next decade, Criswell opened and operated a number of restaurants for the two throughout Texas. Upon leaving Carrabba’s, he served as the president of a restaurant group based in San Antonio, Texas, leading and inspiring his team to open and operate restaurants in all of the major cities in Texas. Most recently, Criswell has spent five years operating fine dining concepts for Larry Foles and Guy Villavosa at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.
Criswell first worked with Midway when he and Chef Greenwood opened CITYCENTRE’s Eddie V’s. Chuck will utilize his 30-years of hospitality experience to serve as PORTERS’ General Manager.
"Providing hospitality is an authentic, genuine, and enduring profession," says Criswell. With this authenticity-centered approach to hospitality, he strives to develop motivated, winning teams and to maximize guest engagement through truly memorable dining experiences. Criswell grew up in a family that loved great food, cooking, cocktails, and hosting grand dinner parties. For over 30 years, his mother Ann Criswell wrote for the award-winning food section of the Houston Chronicle and is also the author of several books featuring Houston’s finest restaurants. Drawn to the energy of the restaurant business early on, Criswell got his first job as a busboy at the age of 15. After rising through the ranks, he devoted his life to hospitality.
Criswell is also a certified sommelier who spends his free time studying wine, cocktails, and fine whiskeys. On his days off you can find him enjoying the great outdoors.