October 18, 2017
Broadliner Acquires Nebraska-Based Dealership
Buller Fixture Company, an Omaha, Neb.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, was acquired by Cash-Wa Distributing Co., a Kearny, Neb.-based broadline distributor.
Premier Metal & Glass Updates Rep
Premier Metal & Glass Inc. has added 4 Star Reps to its network of independent manufacturers’ reps.
PE Firm to Buy Ruby Tuesday
NRD Capital has agreed to acquire casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday in a deal valued at approximately $335 million.
Sant'Andrea Dinnerware and Flatware
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PE Firm Buys Uncle Julio’s
Uncle Julio’s, a polished casual Mexican restaurant chain, has been acquired by private-equity firm L Catteron. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Culver’s Gets Minority Investor
Culver Franchising System is entering into a business agreement with affiliates of private equity firm Roark Capital Group.
Retail Sales Up, Panda Restaurant Group Invests in Urbane Cafe, Pizza Hut Develops New Oven-Hot Delivery System, and More
Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.
Boston Pizza Announces Management Succession Plan
Mark Pacinda will retire from his role as president and CEO for Boston Pizza International, a Canadian restaurant chain, effective Oct. 31, 2017. Jordan Holm, currently the executive vice president, marketing and communications of BPI, will succeed Pacinda as the company president.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Names Sr. VP of Operations
Tropical Smoothie Cafe introduced Jaime Denney as senior vice president of operations.
Lavecchia Assumes Culinary Leadership Role for Russo’s Restaurants
Multiconcept operator Russo’s Restaurants appointed Vincenzo Lavecchia to serve as corporate chef.
Accurex Adds to its Management Team
Accurex added Jim Johnson, director of aftermarket service, and Deborah Parenza, business development manager, to its management team.
Salvajor Names New National Sales
The Salvajor Company has named Jim Ottmer, CFSP, to the role of national sales manager.
Workstations That Work
While ergonomic considerations factor into designing an effective workstation, experts agree that menu trumps every workstation planning decision.
Middleby Buys Globe Food Equipment Company
Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Middleby Corporation has acquired Globe Food Equipment Company.