THE FOUNDERS MARKET + BISTRO Restaurants

We provide a distinct field to plate culinary experience in Southwest Florida with its artisanal market, made-from-scratch bistro cuisine, and late-night, speakeasy style bar.

The Founders aim to curate a sense of community, belonging and meaningfulness with its culture based on high integrity in food quality, excellence in personalized service, and nourishment of the body and soul.

Our Team

Our purpose is to cultivate a community of epicureans and provide mindful nourishment through a curated culinary experience, including an artisanal market and field-to-plate bistro.

Don Splain, Co-Founder & Executive Chef

“We aren’t your average chefs. The only way we can make our food fresher is to be farmers in the field.” 

Culinary Arts graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Nutrition Dietetics graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, studied food anthropology in Spain 

More than 20 years of professional, international culinary experience in the complete field to plate process 

Worked for restaurants, banquet kitchens, a castle, private homes and Food and Thought in Naples, FL 

Axel Rios, Co-Founder & General Manager

“The most important aspect of our market and bistro is a foundation in food integrity and excellence.” 

Honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with degrees in Culinary Arts Management and Culinary Arts 

Over 15 years of professional, international culinary and kitchen management experience 

Managed 6 outlets at the Hyatt Regency in Miami and Project manager for a $35 million elite grocerant project

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