Emily Durham

Emily Durham

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage Advisory

Current Responsibilities:

Emily is Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage Advisory (F&B Advisory) with the Retail Team in Houston, Texas. She is an expert in Tenant Representation for the Restaurant Industry. Emily’s lifelong career in the Restaurant Industry provides her the ability to understand her clients’ business needs as well as their real estate needs, which is a unique skill. She represents everyone from award winning chef-driven concepts to multi-unit fast casual and fast fine operators as well as respected regional chains. She collaborates with other CRE F&B specialists throughout the Country on Master Broker accounts and Emily is a longstanding member of an expert team of F&B professionals that work with restaurants in all areas and disciplines.


Emily has enjoyed a 32 year career in the Restaurant Industry in all capacities; from front of the house operations, chef, consultant, back-office management, and proprietor. Emily has helped restaurant groups create strategic expansion plans based on research and data, customer analytics, and experience from completing hundreds of restaurant transactions. Before joining JLL, Emily served as Partner and Director of Hospitality Services at Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors in Houston and where she created a Master Broker platform for multi-unit national rollouts.


  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management New York Institute of Technology
  • Master of Business Administration, MBA, Rice University
  • TREC Broker License #531658

Affiliations and Community Information:

  • Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Board Member
  • Texas Restaurant Association Lone Star Bash, Co Chair
  • Houston Restaurant Association, Executive Board Member
  • Casa de Esperanza de Los Niño's, Board Member
  • AlaCarte Foodservice Group, Member
  • Women in Foodservice, past member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Member

Select Experience:

  • Musaafer
  • Traveler’s Table
  • Nancy’s Hustle
  • Tiny Champions
  • Helen Greek
  • Molina’s
  • The Original Ninfa’s
  • XOXO Dining Room
  • The Lymbar
  • STK
  • Stuff’d
  • Mico’s Hot Chicken
  • Gyro Republic
  • Smokin Oak Woodfired Pizza and Taproom
  • Pokeworks
  • Rakkan Raman
  • Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream
  • Salata
  • Antone’s
  • Sweet Paris Creperie