Real Mex Restaurants, Inc. named Edie Ames its new chief operating officer, effective July 11, 2011.

Ames most recently served as chief operating officer of Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, LLC, a steakhouse company that owns and operates the Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan's Steakhouse concepts. 

Previously, she served as president of Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc. (NYSE: MRT) for five years. Ames began her restaurant career at California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPKI), where she held positions of increasing responsibility over an 11-year period, including restaurant general manager, regional director of operations, and regional vice president of operations and training.

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