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Purveyors of Amazing: Ken Allen

Purveyors of Amazing: Ken Allen

Managing Partner of Truluck’s in Naples, Florida, is all about creating once-in-a-lifetime memories.

headshot of managing partner Ken Allen in a navy suit with the restaurant glowing bar in the background

Ken Allen, managing partner of Truluck’s in Naples, Florida, grew up working in the hospitality industry. But it was when the traveled the world after obtaining a degree in behavioral science that he grew a strong appreciation for the industry.

“It helped me get a deeper understanding of different cultures, cuisines and exquisite hospitality,” he says.

Ken Allen holding a huge fish he just caught while out on the gulf coast on a boat Ken and his wife with beanie hats smiling on a snowy incline with houses and people in the background

Ken and his wife in casual clothing in front of the ocean on the beach at sunset Ken in a hat and sunglasses on a boat on the water holding up a fish he just caught

Allen eventually started working with Landry’s Restaurant Management Group as a front of house manager and catapulted his career from there. “I worked my way through the ranks of chef, bar manager, general manager and director, finally ending as a regional vice president for 15 years. I oversaw four concepts, 5,000-plus employees, 34 restaurants and over $250 million in revenue,” he says.

In February 2023, Allen embarked on a new chapter and brought his wide-ranging, illustrious expertise to Truluck’s.

managing partner Ken Allen outside of the Naples location front entry dressed in a suit with his arm up under the Truluck's gold letters on the wall

Ken Allen with his leadership team all dressed in suits and chef coats getting ready for the shift and standing in front of the bar

“I love the philosophies and constitution of Truluck’s. It builds framework for leadership and helps cultivate the relationships between the staff members, which translates to an unbelievable guest experience that focuses on all the little details,” he says.

And for Allen, as he learned on his travels, that’s what hospitality is all about: the people. “I love putting smiles on guests’ faces and going that extra mile to exceed their expectations, making and having memorable experiences with people in my wake,” he says.

managing partner Ken Allen holding a bottle of wine while behind the bar in front of the back bar liquor Ken in the Truluck's kitchen with an apron on cutting steaks

A favorite recent memory includes doing just that, providing the ultimate romantic experience for a once-in-a-lifetime moment. When a guest contacted Allen about proposing during a romantic dinner at Truluck’s, he mapped out several scenarios to surprise the guest’s girlfriend—and hopefully fiancée.

“We came up with the idea that he and his girlfriend would start their dining experience in the main dining room. After dinner, he proposed, and she said yes! As planned, I came over to congratulate them and asked if I could seat them in a more private area of our restaurant. Little did she know, the gentleman and I transformed one of our private dining rooms into a romantic haven with flowers, balloons, rose petals, pictures, chocolates and more,” he says. “We served the happy couple dessert, and she had tears in her eyes. It was a moment we all will never forget.”

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