A native New Englander, Kenny Bowers began his career forming a partnership in 1992 with well-known chef/restaurateur and fellow New England native Jack Chaplin. The two brought their home-town recipes to North Texans, creating Daddy Jack’s Lobster & Chowder House on Greenville Avenue in Dallas. In 1996 Kenny opened Lefty’s Lobster and Chowder House in Addison, Texas. Lefty’s Lobster and Chowder House again offered New England style seafood, this time to a larger audience. In late 1998, Kenny helped Dan Vincent, owner of the then “Natchez” restaurant convert his concept to Big Fish Little Fish. In March of 1999, Kenny received an offer from Randy Dewitt , the original creator and owner of the 2-unit restaurant chain, Rockfish Seafood Grill. Kenny accepted the position as partner/corporate chef and played a very large part in furthering the development of the concept. The company’s success as influenced by Kenny eventually attracted Brinker International as a partner. It was at Rockfish that Kenny partnered with friend and colleague Bob Stegall, a 20-year restaurant operator of both single and multi units. They created the very popular, upscale restaurant Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill in Addison. While the restaurant offers a full range of exquisitely grilled meats, one of the most popular menu items continued to be the hand-made, wood grilled burgers. After daily comments like, “this is the best burger I have ever had” and “you guys should open a burger joint,” Bowers and Stegall partnered with Mike Hutchinson and decided to create a more intimate, casual environment for their delectable burgers. In December, 2008, Kenny opened Kenny’s Burger Joint in Frisco, Texas. The three decided to try an entirely new concept in November of 2010, Kenny’s Italian Kitchen opened in Village on the Parkway in Addison. Kenny finally decided to create another concept from his life long passion of Smoking and Grilling meats and seafood. Kenny’s Smoke House was introduced to the Shops of Legacy in Plano in January 2013.
Bowers continues to be a popular guest on local television programs, and is a favorite of both diners and critics.