2008 – Dallas, Texas
Dee Lincoln is often described as a gregarious Cajun firecracker with boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion. She is recognized from Dallas to Wall Street as a female powerhouse in the male-dominated steakhouse industry. She oversees the operations of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak Houses in Dallas, Fort Worth, Denver, New York, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and Houston with a Philadelphia opening in 2008. Lincoln’s American Dream materialized, and she achieved a major milestone of her career in 1995 when she and her former partner sold their Dallas-based Del Frisco’s concept for a record $23 million to Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon. In December 2006, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon sold the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House concept to Dallas-based Lone Star Funds. As the Del Frisco’s concept currently expands across the U.S., Lincoln remains keeper of the restaurants’ culture. Her attention to detail has Del Frisco’s at the top of its respective markets. Dee has won many national, regional and local awards. In 2008, she won Savor Dallas’ Spirit Award and Women Who Soar’s Legacy Award. Wine Enthusiast magazine nominated Dee Lincoln for Restaurateur of the Year, and the Texas Restaurant Association’s GDRA named Lincoln “Restaurateur of the Year” for the state of Texas. Restaurants & Institutions’ Magazine awarded her the coveted Ivy Award voted on by her peers across the nation. Lincoln is a national board member of DiRoNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America.) Dee annually hosts the Del Frisco’s Classic Golf Tournament. Since Lincoln became involved, over $3.8 million has been generated for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The National Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis awarded her “Volunteer of the Year” and the fundraising honor of “number one net golf tournament in the United States out of 80 cities.” Dee and her husband, John, have one daughter, Bella.