July 24, 2013
Roark Buys Miller’s Ale House
Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group has acquired Miller’s Ale House, a 65-unit casual dining restaurant chain with approximately $300 million in system-wide sales, from Jack Miller and SKM Equity Fund III, L.P. As part of the transaction, restaurant industry veteran and current National Restaurant Association Chairman Phil Hickey will join Miller’s Ale House as chairman.
Akam to become CEO of American Restaurant Concepts
American Restaurant Concepts, Inc., operator and franchisor of the Dick’s Wings & Grill restaurant chain, named Richard Akam its new chief executive officer effective July 31, 2013. Akam, the former CEO for Hooters of America, will take over for Michael Rosenberger, the American Restaurant Concepts’ current CEO.
GRILLiT Updates Leadership Team
Ghazi Hajj is the new chief executive officer for GRILLiT, Inc., a Miami, Fla.-based fast-casual restaurant chain. Hajj was also elected chairman of GRILLIiT’s Board of Directors.
Luna Grill Names First Director of Operations
Daniel Lowe has taken on the newly created position of director of operations for Luna Grill, a California-based Mediterranean fast-casual concept.
Micro Matic Announces Seven New Foodservice Hires
Micro Matic, Inc. added seven new sales professionals to its team.
This Week in Foodservice: Knapp-Track Shows Soft Casual Dining Sales for June
While sales among casual dining chains remained soft during June, the longer term outlook for their fast-casual counterparts remains bright.