November 23, 2016
Remembering Ira Kaplan
Ira Kaplan, a longtime member of the foodservice community, passed away on Nov. 18. He was 72 years old.
Canadian Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Dealers Merge
Canadian foodservice equipment and supplies dealers Russell Food Equipment and Hendrix Restaurant Equipment and Supplies have merged. The combined company will go to market as Russell Hendrix Foodservice Equipment.
The Cheesecake Factory Aligns with Two Brands from Fox Restaurant Concepts
The Cheesecake Factory has formed a strategic alliance with two brands from Fox Restaurant Concepts, North Italia and Flower Child. The agreement opens the door for The Cheesecake Factory to acquire either or both concepts in the future.
Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Names Abdallah CEO
Mark S. Mednansky is retiring from his post as CEO for Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc. Norman J. Abdallah, a member of the multi-concept operator’s board of directors, replaces Mednansky effective immediately.
James Beriker Named President/CEO of Munchery
Integrated meal prep and delivery service company Munchery, San Franciso, appointed James Beriker president and CEO.
Taylor Named President of Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar
Eric Taylor is the new president of Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, a Dallas-based casual dining and sports bar concept.
This Week in Foodservice: Retail Up, Restaurant Sales Down; Home Delivery Forecast; McD’s Latest Look and More
FE&S blogger Jerry Stiegler adds his insight into a weekly roundup of top foodservice stories. Stories worthy of more analysis: U.S. retail sales were up in October but restaurant sales fell; initial jobless claims hit a 40-year low; home delivery could drive millions in restaurant sales; and McDonald’s newly designed operations are up and running.
Christina Appointed CEO of Church’s Chicken
Church’s Chicken promoted Joseph Christina to CEO from vice president of operations. He succeeds Jim Hyatt, who will remain on the company’s board of directors.