January 23, 2013
This Week in Foodservice: Knap-Track Reports Same Store Sales Down among Casual Restaurant Chains
Operational challenges continue to mount for the restaurant industry in the form of higher food and gasoline prices, low-paying job growth and more. All of this will make it more challenging for chain restaurant and other operators to exceed same-store sales numbers in the early part of the year.
Akam Named COO for Dick’s Wings and Grill
Hooters veteran Rick Akam is the new chief operating officer for Dick’s Wings and Grill. Akam will direct operational improvements, growth strategies and provide seasoned expertise in brand development strategies.
Boneheads Gets New CEO
Sheri Miksa is the new chief executive officer and president for Boneheads Grilled Fish & Piri Piri Chicken, a six-unit Atlanta-based fast-casual restaurant chain.
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Real Mex Names New President and CEO
Real Mex Restaurants named Charles Robinson its president and chief executive officer. Robinson, who will also serve on the Real Mex board of directors, replaces interim CEO Christopher R. Thomas, who served in the post since mid-2012 and will remain on the board.
Technomic Presents Inaugural Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Award Winners
Chicago-based market research firm Technomic presented its first ever Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Award winners. A total of 12 restaurant concepts spanning three different service segments earned recognition.
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Cousins Subs Launches Foundation
In an attempt that supports part of the company’s slogan – Better bread. Better subs. Better day. – Cousins Subs has established The Make it Better Foundation, a charitable foundation to help support the communities the Wisconsin-based sandwich chain serves.
Q&A: Dave Syarto, Vice President of Operations, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
When John Kunkel came up with the concept for Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in 2005, his goal was to create a fast-casual eatery that reflected the vibrancy and food-conscious culture of Miami’s South Beach.
Chain Operating Report for January 23, 2013
A busy week of chain restaurant news includes Chipotle adding catering, Darden expanding its concepts in Puerto Rico, Krispy Kreme entering India and much more.