Veteran restaurateur shares personal battle with cocaine, alcohol — and talks new Charlotte support group for industry

Charlotte Biz Journals Article

Restaurateur Steve Palmer battled his addiction to alcohol and cocaine for 10 years. He showed up to work one day and was given two choices: clean out his office or go to rehab.

Today, the founder of The Indigo Road Hospitality Group has 17 years sober. He’s created a restaurant empire with 18 locations and nearly 900 employees. In Charlotte, Palmer operates concepts such as Oak Steakhouse, O-Ku and fast-casual sushi restaurant Sukoshi in uptown.

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Jaci Lund