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Panera Bread opened its first unit dedicated solely to off-premises customers. Known as Panera To Go, this digital-only location features a reduced front of the house with no seating; guests and delivery drivers can pick up orders from dedicated shelves. 

Star Holdings Group tapped Adam Dyer to serve as group culinary and regional vice president of sales for the Midwest and Southwest regions.

Thermodyne Foodservice Products hired Mark Espy to serve as shipping and receiving coordinator at its headquarters plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Private-equity firm Source Capital has acquired Kitchen Brains, a designer and manufacturer of fully integrated smart cooking computers, electronic controls and software solutions for commercial foodservice operations. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TriMark USA, a Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, made two executive appointments.

Thermo-Kool promoted Melissa Harrison to inside sales manager for the Mississippi-based manufacturer of walk-in refrigeration and blast chillers/shock freezers.

Lorne Deacon was promoted to president of Milwaukee-based foodservice equipment manufacturer Hatco Corp.

The Vollrath Company hired Walter Bates to serve as east regional sales manager for the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturer.

Multiconcept operator WOWorks created two chief brand officer positions to oversee its two groups of six restaurant brands, as well as handle the day-to-day operations for these concepts. Two company veterans were appointed to fulfill these roles.

Culinary Depot promoted Neil Posen to director of project management for the New York-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. Posen joined Culinary Depot in 2010 and previously served as a regional project manager for the company.

Gwen Bialas was promoted to president of foodservice equipment lines Carter-Hoffmann, Doyon and Nu-Vu, all of which are a part of the Middleby Corp.

Refrigerated Solutions Group tapped Brian Casserilla to serve as chief operations officer. RSG manufactures foodservice equipment that goes to market under the Master-Bilt and Norlake brand names.

Multiconcept operator Inspire Brands tapped Daniel Sasso to serve as director of equipment innovation and automation, a part of the Inspire Equipment Innovation Team.

Apparently, multiconcept operator FAT Brands has a sweet tooth as the company has struck a deal to acquire the 85 franchised chain of stores known as Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip from Crest Foods. As part of the deal, FAT Brands will rebrand the locations as Great American Cookies, which is one of its portfolio brands.

BradyIFS has acquired Camden Bag and Paper Company, a distributor of foodservice and janitorial and sanitation products serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Two longtime manufacturers’ reps, Edward Pecinka Sr. formerly of Pecinka Ferri and Dick Wiczek of Wiczek & Associates have passed away.

Tracy Kim was named chief operating officer for DIG, a vegetable-centric, multi-format restaurant group.

Lance Trenary, president and CEO of Golden Corral was named the 2022 Gold Plate Award recipient by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.

Greg Baggott was named president of Cres Cor, an Ohio-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Private equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners sold Captain D’s, one of its portfolio companies, to Centre Partners. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.