As a young college student in the mid-1970’s, Bill Latham took a job as a server at TGI Friday’s in Jackson. What he thought would be just a fun summer job actually opened the door to a very successful career in the restaurant industry that has spanned four decades.
At just 26 years old, Latham purchased his first restaurant, Scrooge’s Olde English Pub in Jackson, MS. Over the next ten years, he owned several successful restaurants. In 1987, he teamed up with current business partner Al Roberts to open Amerigo – a moderately priced Italian restaurant that quickly gained a loyal following in Jackson. By 2000, the partners had added new locations throughout the South East. Also in 2002, Latham and Roberts introduced a Chicago-style steakhouse called Char that quickly took Jackson by storm. In December of 2006, the partners sold both Amerigo and Char.