Choate & Company of Minnesota was established in 1987 & operates 12 restaurants in the Twin Cities & surrounding area – 1 in Maple Grove, 1 adjacent to the campus of the University of Minnesota, 3 in Bloomington, 1 in Burnsville, 2 in Shakopee, 1 in Prior Lake, 1 in New Prague and 1 in Belle Plaine.
David Choate, President of Choate & Company, started his career with McDonald’s in 1970 as a regional marketing manager in Raleigh, North Carolina. He continued as a regional marketing manager moving first to Washington, DC and then to Boston, MA. In 1977 he was promoted to marketing manager of the New England area and moved to McDonald’s corporate office in Oak Brook, IL. When he left the corporation in 1985 to pursue his dream of becoming a McDonald’s owner/operator in Appleton, WI he held the position of Director of Adult Marketing.
Mary Choate, Secretary/Treasurer of Choate & Company, joined the company in 1989. She was licensed as an owner/operator in 2011. In 2012 she joined her friend, Gloria Chadima, in founding an annual “Love Luncheon” to support the Ronald McDonald House within the hospital at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. Through 2017 they (along with a dedicated committee) have raised over $300,000.
Joshua Choate started working for Choate & Company as a crew member when he was 14 which began his foundation in McDonald’s. After attending college at North Park University in Chicago, IL he returned to Minnesota in 1997 and started working towards becoming an owner/ operator. He became an approved owner/operator in 2012. Josh is the Director of Operations for all 12 Choate & Company restaurants. Josh’s wife, April, joined the company in 2018 to help with special projects within the organization and as a Brand Advisor. In their free time, Joshua and April enjoy spending time with their family, serving at church in varying capacities, and volunteering in their hometown community.