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  • Bloomin’ Names VP of Business Development

    Multiconcept operator Bloomin’ Brands promoted Mark Graff to senior vice president of business development and financial planning. Graff will lead the company’s business development team, including asset and franchise development, in addition to his existing financial planning

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  • Franchisee Acquires Fuddruckers 

    An affiliate of Nicholas Perkins, one of the chain’s largest franchisees, will acquire Fuddruckers for an estimated $18.5 million from multiconcept operator Luby’s. The deal includes master ownership of the Fuddruckers brand worldwide. 

  • Rich Entertainment Group Names New President

    Rich Entertainment Group, which comprises Rich’s sports operations, dining businesses, theater production, travel and hospitality entities, promoted Joe Segarra to president. He previously served as chief operating officer of Rich Entertainment Group and has been with the company more than 20 years.

  • Atkinson Becomes Executive Chef for two Kimpton Restaurants

    Kevin Atkinson was named executive chef for Angeline’s and Merchant & Trade, a pair of Charlotte-based restaurants. Both concepts are owned by multiconcept operator Kimpton Restaurants.

  • Pieology COO Comes with a Tech Backround

    Pieology appointed Bijan Sami to serve as the restaurant chain’s chief operations officer and information officer. As the title implies, Sami assumes responsibility for leading both the global operations and technology roadmap for the company.

  • Icon Entertainment Names Corporate Chef

    Keith Droz was appointed corporate chef for Icon Entertainment Group. In his new role, Droz will oversee food and beverage for the multi-concept operator’s various concepts, which include Skull's Rainbow RoomJohnny Cash's Kitchen & Saloon, House of Cards, Nudie's Honky Tonk and the ...

  • The Katharine Brasserie & Bar Names Executive Chef

    Eric Brownlee was appointed executive chef for The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, a restaurant inside the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Sage Restaurant Concepts Names New VP of Operations

    Matt Stuhl was appointed vice president of operations for Sage Restaurant Concepts, a multiconcept operator owned by Sage Hospitality Group. In this role, Stuhl assumes responsibility for the overall operations of a selection of the company’s more than 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops across the U.S.

  • Bojangles Adds to Supply Chain Team

    Bojangles tapped Katie Radtke to serve as vice president of supply chain.

  • Partnership to Further Develop Mobile Design Capabilities

    Roomle and Kitchautomation have developed a partnership that will assist the way foodservice operators and the supply chain work together to design commercial kitchens and specify equipment, supplies and more. The intent of the partnership is to further collaboration among foodservice operators, designers, equipment and supplies dealers, manufacturers' reps and others involved in the design process.

  • Arctic Circle Restaurants Names Christensen President

    Kasey Christensen was promoted to president of Arctic Circle, a restaurant chain with locations in the western U.S. He served as Arctic Circle’s COO since 2015. In 2016, Christensen introduced Arctic Circle’s charitable giving structure known as Arctic Cares.

  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Serves New CEO

    Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers introduced restaurant industry veteran Chris Dull as the fast-casual chain’s CEO. Dull joins the industry-leading fast-casual franchise on the heels of its recent acquisition by private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners in March of 2021.

  • Nashville’s Henley gets New Executive Chef

    Kristin Beringson was appointed executive chef for Henley, an American brasserie in Nashville’s Kimpton Aertson Hotel.

  • Little Caesars Creates Chief Supply Chain Officer Role

    Glen McIntosh was introduced as chief supply chain officer for Michigan-based pizza chain Little Caesars.

  • The Virginian Names New F&B Director

    Paul Henry was named director of food and beverage for The Virginian, a Fairfax, Va.-based senior living community. In his new role Henry will create a signature dining experience and manage restaurant operations for the resort-style community.

  • Focus Brands Promotes Guith to President Role

    Joe Guith was promoted to category president, restaurant brands for Focus Brands. He previously served as president of McAlister’s Deli, one of the restaurant chains Focus Brands owns.

  • Little Caesars Adds Chief Development Officer

    Jeremy Vitaro was appointed chief development officer for Little Caesars. In his new role, Vitaro will focus on new unit growth both domestically and abroad.

  • Ruby Slipper Adds VP of Development and Real Estate

    Former Panera executive John McKay was appointed vice president of real estate and development for multiconcept operator Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group.

  • Street Travels to Brooklyn Dumpling Shop

    Brooklyn Dumpling Shop hired Hilary Street as director of operations for North America. Street comes to Brooklyn Dumpling Shop from Dos Tacos Taqueria, where she served as vice president of operations for the quick-serve Mexican concept.

  • Hard Rock Cafe Updates its Operational Leadership

    Restaurant industry veteran Kim Boerema was appointed president of cafe operations for Hard Rock Cafe

  • Bloomin’ Brands Promotes Gonzalez to Sr. VP Role

    Bloomin’ Brands promoted Lissette Gonzalez to senior vice president, supply chain. Gonzalez joined the Florida-based multiconcept operator in 2014 and was promoted to vice president of global procurement in 2019.

  • Parched Hospitality Satisfies its Thirst for a new COO

    Former Cheesecake Factory executive Michael Moore was named chief operations officer for Parched Hospitality Group, a New York City-based multiconcept operator.

  • Burger King Prepares Coronation for new COO

    Former Domino’s executive Tom Curtis will become chief operating officer for Burger King, effective sometime in May.

  • FE&S Names 2021 Top Achiever Award Recipients

    Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named the recipients of its 2021 Top Achiever Awards. These individual awards recognize professionals from five industry segments for their abilities to not only run market-leading companies but also raise the level of professionalism for the industry overall.

  • Family Dining Veteran to Lead Dynamic Restaurant Holdings’ Chains

    Restaurant industry veteran Thomas Sacco was appointed president of Dynamic Restaurant Holdings’ two chains: Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlors and Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Kitchen.

  • Long John Silver’s Nets New CEO

    Brian Shortreed has taken the helm as CEO of Long John Silver’s.

  • Marco’s Pizza Begins Succession Plan

    Ohio-based restaurant chain Marco’s Pizza promoted Tony Libardi to president and co-CEO. 

  • Capriotti’s Buys Wing Zone

    Capriotti's Sandwich Shop has acquired Wing Zone, a fast-casual chicken wing concept with 31 locations in North America and 36 abroad. The deal will create a company that will close 2020 with more than $100 million in sales system wide, per a release announcing the acquisition. Both Capriotti’s and Wing Zone are franchise-based concepts.

  • Cole to Step Aside from Focus Brands

    Kat Cole will step down from her post as chief operating officer and president for multiconcept operator Focus Brands. Cole’s departure is expected to happen by the end of the year.

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