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Red Robin Forms Menu Team

Casual dining chain adds a trio of foodservice professionals to its roster.

Casual dining chain Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ:RRGB) has formed a menu team that includes the addition of a director of culinary, director of research and development and a master mixologist.

Scott Weaver, director of culinary, joins Red Robin after serving in various culinary roles since 1994 at The Cheesecake Factory, most recently as executive manager of culinary operations at the company's Calabasas Hills, Calif., headquarters. Previously, Scott was executive chef for Michel Richard's Broadway Deli in Santa Monica Calif., and executive chef for 701 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Laurie Scanlin, PhD, director of research and development, comes to Red Robin from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. where she was manager of nutrition and food improvement since 2008. Scanlin was previously food applications manager for GTC Nutrition and spent several years as a consultant.

Donna Ruch, master mixologist, joins Red Robin after a variety of food, bar and beverage roles since 2006 with T.G.I. Friday's USA, including food and beverage innovation team leader, menu innovation project manager, and most recently project manager for bar and beverage innovation.

The new members of the menu team will work with Scott Schooler, vice president of food and beverage and 25-year Red Robin veteran, and Dave Woolley, the chain's executive chef.