First Watch executives said the chainrsquos high marks for Service are likely a result of its emphasis on both employee and customer satisfaction

First Watch executives said the chain’s high marks for Service are likely a result of its emphasis on both employee and customer satisfaction.

Consumer Picks 2015: First Watch recognized for breakfast expertise

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For the first time, Bradenton, Fla.-based breakfast and lunch chain First Watch received top honors among Family-Dining concepts in the annual Consumer Picks report.

And yet, it’s nothing new to the chain and its co-founder, president and CEO Kenneth Pendery Jr.

The company has ridden a wave of more than 200 local awards for best breakfast or lunch. Those accolades have fueled the company’s growth, and have given it a reputation far beyond its home in the S

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