Mr. Doherty started Doherty Enterprises in 1985 when he acquired 19 Roy Rogers Restaurants from Marriott Corporation, thus becoming Roy Rogers largest franchisee. Ed is a graduate of Chaminade High School on Long Island and St. John's University in Jamaica, Queens, where he earned his B.S. in Marketing in 1968.
Originally employed by Mobil Oil Corporation, first as a Territory Sales Representative in Brooklyn, NY and subsequently as a Real Estate Manager, Ed also attended St. John's at night and earned his MBA in 1972.
In 1973, Ed joined Burger King Corp. as a Real Estate Manager. Two years later, Marriott Corp. recruited Ed to be their Real Estate Manager in the tri-state area for Marriott's various restaurant concepts. Ed worked for Marriott for 10 years, rising through the executive ranks and holding managerial positions in real estate, marketing, franchising and operations management. In 1983, Ed was promoted to VP and General Manager of Marriott's Family Restaurant Division where he was responsible for 1,200 franchised and company-operated Big Boy Restaurants. He remained in that position until he started Doherty Enterprises.
From 1985 to 1990, Doherty Enterprises grew from the original 19 Roy Rogers Restaurants to 28 Roy Rogers and 6 TJ Cinnamons, a bakery concept specializing in cinnamon and pecan rolls, coffee and other specialty products.
In 1991, Mr. Doherty decided to reposition his company in order to achieve greater long-term growth while associating Doherty Enterprises with high potential franchise opportunities.
From 1991 to 2006, Ed executed this strategy as follows:
In 1991, a Development Agreement was signed with Applebee's International to develop the brand in Northern and Central New Jersey. Subsequently in 1998, Ed purchased 6 existing Applebee's restaurants on Long Island, New York, and the rights to further develop Long Island. Currently the company has more than sixty Applebee's open in New Jersey and Long Island, with plans to open additional restaurants over the next few years.
Between 1992 and 1995, six Roy Rogers were converted to Wendy's while the remaining Roy Rogers and TJ Cinnamons were sold to various competitors. Doherty Enterprises developed three additional Wendy's prior to selling the Wendy's Division so the company could focus on developing other concepts with greater growth opportunities.
In 1998, Ed entered into a Development Agreement that gave him the rights to develop Rio Bravo Cantinas, a Tex Mex restaurant concept, in 13 counties in Northern and Central New Jersey. In February 1999, Chevys Fresh Mex acquired the Rio Bravo Cantina concept. The company's first Chevys Fresh Mex restaurant opened in Clifton, NJ in May 1999, the second opened in September 2000 in Brick, NJ, and the third opened in September 2005 in Linden, NJ.
In 2001, Ed entered into a Development Agreement with Panera, LLC that gave him the rights to develop Panera Bread, formerly the Saint Louis Bread Company, throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, New York. In 2005, the company acquired the Queens, NY territory to further expand its Panera Bakery Cafes and in 2006, acquired Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY. Currently the company operates more than thirty Panera Bread Bakery Cafes, with plans to open a total of 45 bakery cafes over the next few years.
In March 2007, Doherty Enterprises opened its first original concept, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, an authentic Irish pub that was created to bring a little "Dublin" to New Jersey. Located in Clifton, NJ, the Pub occupies 8,000 sq. ft. with seating for approximately 300 people in its four bars and five pub-style dining rooms. The company expanded the Shannon Rose concept by opening its second Pub in Woodbridge, New Jersey in June of 2009 and a third one in Ramsey, NJ in January of 2012.
In April 2012, Doherty Enterprises opened its second original concept, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. Located in Clifton, NJ, Spuntino offers tapas—a variety of small dishes and hand-stretched pizzas that can be mixed and matched and paired with an impressive selection of Italian wines and beers.
In April of 2012. Doherty Enterprises entered into a Development Agreement to open 23 Noodles & Company restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, NY. Noodles & Company, the fast-casual restaurant concept with more than 300 locations throughout the U.S.. features a collection of dishes from around the world.
As of 2013, Doherty Enterprises, Inc. operates more than one-hundred forty restaurants, pubs and bakery cafes throughout the the communities we serve as Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restaurants, Panera Bread Bakery Café's, Chevys Fresh Mex, Noodles & Company and two Doherty original concepts; The Shannon Rose and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, with projected sales exceeding $315,000,000.
Ed and his wife, Joan, currently reside in Northern New Jersey. They have three children – Tim, Shannon, and Kerry - all of whom are employed with the company.