Foster's Grille Restaurant Founder, Shawn Foster, Dies

The culinary chef died June 10 at the age of 47.

Foster's Grille, in Old Town Manassas, VA.
Foster's Grille, in Old Town Manassas, VA.
Shawn Foster, the founder and creator of Foster’s Grille the popular “charburger” franchise in Northern Virginia, died this month, two weeks shy of his 48th birthday, according to a Wilmington Star-News obituary.

A funeral service for Foster was held on Thursday in Wilmington, NC, according to the obituary. He died on June 10.

 Foster’s Grille is well known throughout Virginia where there are nine locations, including one in Old Town Manassas and two in Prince William County.

There are 16 Foster’s Grille locations across Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Florida. Six, including the Old Town Manassas location are owned by Foster’s Grille Companies while the others are franchises.

Many Prince William County residents have fond memories of Shawn Foster, who began grilling burgers in1999 and opened the first Foster’s Grille in Vienna in April of 2002.

 "Shawn was a good friend to many people, in many different parts of the country. He had a huge heart and his generosity was never fully known because he did not broadcast it to everybody," Haymarket resident Kim Kennedy told the Gainesville Times.

Foster’s Franchise Concepts, a company that supports owners of Foster’s Grille franchises is based in Haymarket in western Prince William County. 

Shawn Foster and the Foster’s Grille Companies announced in May that the company was relaunching its franchising program with plans to expand the company's presence to 50  stores  in the mid-Atlantic region and the Southeast, according to a press release issued May 22 by Mike Cerny president of the Foster’s Grille Company.

 Foster is survived by Nancy Foster, his wife of more than 20 years,  and two sons, Drew and Dillon.

Rob Hoitt June 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM
One thing about Shawn that a lot of people may not know, but really should is that he is an Eagle Scout. When we started Venturing Crew 617 in Manassas, and went to work on getting ourselves going. Shawn reached out to us, and he and his team were not only very welcoming, but also very inviting. They let us have some of our first meetings there and helped us raise some money. On the whole a great Scout and a great person, who I will sadly miss. -Rob Hoitt District Venturing Chairman Bull Run District, NCAC-BSA
Ken W June 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM
RIP Shawn! Sorry to hear the news.


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