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March 15, 2016

Local Restaurant Owner Honored As Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year

Jason Salus, from the Radisson Hotel in Madison, is being honored as the Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year (OROY) by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) Madison Chapter, made up of Dane and Jefferson counties. The OROY award is given by fellow members of the Madison Chapter based on success in business, community service and dedication to the restaurant industry.

The OROY award will be presented to Salus on February 16th at a WRA chapter meeting held at Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club in Madison. A Legislative Citation will also be presented to Salus at the meeting.

On Tuesday, March 8th, Salus was also honored with a commendation medal at the 2016 WRA Awards Dinner gala, which took place at The Grain Exchange by Bartolotta Catering & Events in Milwaukee.

Salus has worked in the restaurant industry for 21 years, starting out as a bartender at the Nitty Gritty in Madison. He currently is the general manager of the Radisson Hotel in Madison and its bar & grill called Twist. The restaurant serves American cuisine with a Wisconsin twist featuring locally sourced products and homemade recipes.

He has been an active member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association for the last six years. He has been supportive of the Association’s many events and initiatives including participating in a special membership chapter task force in 2014/2015. He is also a leader in the community serving as president of Red Caboose Day Care Center in Madison, president of Madison Horizons Rotary and a member of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Salus has a passion for the restaurant industry and enjoys seeing young people he has mentored go on to successful careers in hospitality.

Salus lives in Madison with his wife Renee and has two children: Nick and Nora.

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