May 6, 2015
This Week in Foodservice: YUM! Brands Investing $185M in KFC, Casual Dining Improving, and Much More
Sysco reported sales and gross profit rose in the last quarter. NPD sees casual restaurant situation improving. YUM! Brands will spend $185 million on KFC including new equipment. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.
Restaurant Performance Index Remained Positive in March
Riding a wave of higher same-store sales, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained in positive territory in March – posting a score of 102.2.
Jordan Named President of Standex Cooking Solutions Group
Standex International Corporation promoted Scott Jordan to the position of president Standex Cooking Solutions Group, effective July 1, 2015. In conjunction with Jordan’s promotion, the multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer also reorganized the Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group.
Chef Dina Altieri Named Dean of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts
Kendall College promoted Chef Dina Altieri to dean of its School of Culinary Arts. Altieri was a chef-instructor and associate professor at the college for seven years.
Technomic Names Noone Vice President
Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based foodservice market research firm, promoted Bernadette Noone to vice president.
Chicken Salad Chick Hatches Private Equity Partnership
Eagle Merchant Partners, an Atlanta, Ga.-based private equity firm, has made an investment in Chicken Salad Chick, an Alabama-based restaurant chain. As a result of this deal, restaurant industry veteran Russ Umphenour becomes chairman of the board and Scott Deviney president and CEO for Chicken Salad Chick.
Small Steel-Jacketed Kettles Take Center Stage in New Los Angeles Restaurant
A new restaurant concept in Los Angeles' historic Grand Central Market features an open kitchen and small steel-jacketed kettles that Chef Mark Peel uses to prepare a focused menu.
Luna Grill Lands Allameh in a Leadership Role
Sean Allameh is the new chief operations officer for Luna Grill, a San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain with 17 locations across Southern California and Texas.
Rebelez to Lead IHOP
DineEquity, Inc. named Darren Rebelez as president of its IHOP concept. Rebelez, who most recently served as chief operating officer of 7-Eleven, Inc., takes over for Julia Stewart, DineEquity’s chief executive officer who served as interim president for IHOP over the past three years.
Moore Joins Pollo Tropical in the Lone Star State
Pollo Tropical appointed restaurant industry veteran Bob Moore to the newly created position of vice president of operations for Texas. Pollo Tropical entered the Texas market in 2014 and has since opened 14 restaurants in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio with 11 more planned for 2015.