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In 1983, a fiery redheaded fashionista from Panama City, Florida linked up with a tall, charming Texan. Both were successful in the corporate world. George was in banking, insurance, and the oil business. Ann was a top salesperson for Xerox, owned a retail clothing store, and designed a fashion line that was sold across the country. For years, they traveled from Dallas to vacation on Florida’s Emerald Coast. They were raising three kids in a very competitive, fast-paced environment and dreamed of one day retiring at the beach.

In 1996, their world changed when both Ann and George’s fathers passed away within months of each other. They rented a house that summer in Grayton Beach, Florida for a much needed break. During a discussion with a friend of Ann’s dad, they realized life was too short to continue their crazy Dallas lifestyles. They called a realtor in Dallas and put their house on the market. It was leased within two weeks. With no real plan in place, the family planted roots at the beach on Highway 30A in Walton County, Florida.

One afternoon in 1999, George popped into Seagrove Village MarketCafe for one of the restaurant’s world famous po’ boys. George overheard the owner chatting about selling the restaurant. Without hesitation, he bought it on the spot.

When they’re not running the Market or building the “new” Market, Ann and George enjoy traveling the globe and spending time with their three grown children.

join the team

We’re always on the lookout for talented folks to join our close-knit family at Hartley Restaurant Group and Seagrove Village Market Café.

We’re all about the love here at HRG—we love our staff members like family and strive to create a dynamic, energetic, and fun work environment by offering a thorough training program, competitive wages and benefits, and potential for growth within the company.

Available positions include management, servers, bartenders, kitchen staff, host/hostess, expeditors, food runners, and bussers. Ideal candidates should be fun-loving, passionate about their craft, and dedicated to making our guests smile.

Think you fit the bill? To apply, simply drop us a line at Please include your resume, the position(s)  you’re interested in, a brief note explaining why you’d like to join the HRG team, and an answer to this question: “If you could cook a meal for anyone in the world (dead or alive), who would it be and what would you make?”