Ray Risley was named brand president of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Scott Smith was named brand president of Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, which owns both of these restaurant chains and Del Frisco’s Grille, added these roles to lead the management and growth of each concept with the goal of creating greater distinction between its three concepts.
The company plans to name the brand president of Del Frisco’s Grille a later date.
Risley most recently held the role of senior vice president of operations, overseeing Del Frisco’s Grille. He has been with Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group for more than 18 years and was a member of the team that developed the Grille concept. He also previously served as vice president of operations for Sullivan's Steakhouse and the opening regional manager for the first Del Frisco’s Grille restaurants, located in New York and Dallas.
Smith most recently was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Day Star Restaurant Group, the parent company to Texas Land and Cattle and Lone Star Steakhouse. Prior to Day Star Restaurant Group, Smith served as senior vice president of Romano’s Macaroni Grill. His background also includes leadership positions with Restaurants Unlimited, the Amer Restaurant Division of Amer Group, Springfield Restaurant Group, Restaurant eFund, TRH Restaurants and Brinker, among others.
Del Frisco’s was included in FE&S’ recent story covering trends in the fine dining segment.