In a move that hints at the chain’s growth plans, Wingers Restaurant & Alehouse promoted Brandon Howard to president from chief operating officer for the 23-unit fast-casual chain.
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.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation named the winners of the 2021 Military Foodservice Awards. The awards span six different categories.
In a deal with an estimated value of $28.7 million, multiconcept operator Luby’s will sell its Luby's Cafeteria restaurant business to a newly formed affiliate of Calvin Gin. This marks the second concept Luby’s has sold in as many weeks. On June 18, Luby’s reached an agreement to sell its Fuddruckers chain to one of its largest franchisees.
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.
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 responsibilities.
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 Room, Johnny Cash's Kitchen & Saloon, House of Cards, Nudie's Honky Tonk and the Bongo Java Cafe at The Johnny Cash Museum.
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.
In a move that signifies further integration to come, Chris Duffy was promoted to president of the Middleby Coffee Solutions Group. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategy, product development, sales, and day-to-day operations of the brands Synesso, Concordia and Bloomfield based in Seattle.
Capping a career that spanned 41-years with the company, Teri Brewer has retired from her post as vice president and sales/marketing manager for Thermo-Kool, the Laurel, Miss.-based manufacturer of walk-in coolers and freezers, blast chillers and shock freezers.
Following through on its efforts to build a national network of service technicians, Smart Care Equipment Solutions acquired three companies: TBS Southeast, Jaguar Coffee Company and Facility Maintenance Specialist.