Scott Lawton is the CEO and Cofounder of bartaco, a coastal-inspired restaurant serving fresh, upscale street food in a relaxed environment. Lawton has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the hospitality arena, and rejoined bartaco in 2020 under the new private ownership of L Catterton, where he oversees the concept’s overall vision and growth. That year, Lawton led the rollout of bartaco’s on-demand hospitality dining model; he continues to pave the way for other restaurant leaders looking to create a seamless guest experience. Under his leadership, bartaco was recognized by “Hospitality Technology”’s MURTEC Breakthrough Awards in 2022 for the restaurant’s signature on-demand hospitality. Prior to becoming CEO of bartaco, Lawton was Chief Operating Officer of Barteca, managing development, day-to-day operations and personnel recruitment. Lawton previously held key leadership roles with Tribeca Grill, Buckhead Life, and Big Time Restaurants.