December 21, 2011
FE&S Wishes You a Season of Peace
To allow our staff time to spend with family and friends, we will be closed the final week of December so this will be the last edition of FlashNews for the year. The next weekly news will arrive on January 4, 2012. The staff of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies hopes you and your family have the happiest and healthiest of holiday seasons.
Popeyes Names New Global Brand Officer
Popeyes appointed Richard Lynch its new chief global brand officer. Lynch, who joined Popeyes in 2008, previously served as the quick service chain’s chief marketing officer.
Subway Appoints Pair to Director Positions
Subway named Joe Chaves director of operations and Rebecca Audet director of worldwide training. Chaves, a five-year Subway veteran, has 28 years experience in the QSR industry, including time as a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins franchisee.
Fertitta Stakes a Claim for Morton’s Restaurant Group at $6.90 Per Share
Through his wholly-owned company Fertitta’s Morton’s Restaurants, Tilman J. Fertitta has signed an agreement to acquire Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. for $6.90 a share.
FE&S Special Editorial
2011’s Top 25 Articles on fesmag.com
From unique industry research to news about acquisitions and personnel moves to the latest trends to helpful hints on how to make an operation run more effectively and efficiently, the 25 most viewed articles on fesmag.com reflect the unique business environment in which the foodservice industry operated during the past 12 months.
Applebee’s Services Names Layt Sr. VP of Operations
Applebee’s Services, Inc. named Steve Layt its senior vice president, operations. A 23-year veteran of the foodservice industry, Layt comes to Applebee’s from Buffets Holdings, Inc., where he served as chief operating officer and executive vice president.
Bakers Pride Restaurant Series
Introducing the new Bakers Pride Restaurant Series, featuring a full line of multi-configurable Ranges, Bakery-depth Convection Ovens, Fryers, Salamanders and Cheesemelters – all built to the same heavy-duty quality standards that Bakers Pride has built over the years.
Middleby Combines Support for Beech and Jade Lines
Middleby Corp. is combining the sales, manufacturing and product support for its Beech Ovens and Jade Range lines in the United States. As part of this development, Ray Williams, president of Jade Range, will expand his role to oversee and manage the activities at Beech Ovens worldwide.
Bonefish Grill’s Cooper Honored by Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
John Cooper, president of Bonefish Grill, received the 2011 Restaurateur Hall of Fame Award from the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. The Hall of Fame Award is recognized as the association’s most prestigious annual award and the criteria for selection includes a personal record of industry achievement over a period of at least 20 years.
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Twin Peaks Announces Staff Promotions
Casual dining chain Twin Peaks has promoted a series of employees to management roles.
Ace Mart Presents First Annual Gus Award
Ace Mart Restaurant Supply presented its first annual Gus Award to Jerry Higgins, the information technology director for the San Antonio-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership. The award is named after Norman “Gus” Gustafson, Ace Mart’s founder and recipient of FE&S’ Hall of Fame Award.