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Sally Smith Riding High At Buffalo Wild Wings

Sally SmithTitle: President and chief executiveAge:54Concept, headquarters location: Buffalo Wild Wings, Minneapolis, MNNumber of Units: More than 840 restaurantsHometown: Grand Forks, North DakotaEducation: University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting.

Bleu Restaurant Eschews Hotel Link

Bleu Restaurant & Lounge is inside the Westin Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, but is not a part of it.And making that point to consumers has been a huge part of the marketing for this 11-month old restaurant.

The Female Touch: Women Making Inroads Into Restaurant Industry Leadership

What’s InsideStepping into leadershipWhere women stand todayA look at leading full-service restaurant CEOsThe future for women in chargeBack when Nixon was president and “The Brady Bunch” enjoyed its original run on television, a teenage Julia Stewart was handing out pancake-shaped menus at a San Diego IHOP.

Show Of Shows: NRA 2012

Every May, horse lovers find their way to Louisville for The Kentucky Derby while restaurateurs have a different destination in mind—the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago.

Burgers Meet Sushi

Toss together sushi and burgers, season, and pour into a greased pan.What do you get? A crazy idea; a silly concept; a highly successful restaurant? All of these in fact and the result is The Cowfish, a sushi and burger bar in Charlotte, North Carolina.

No Experience Needed: Cafeina Thrives in Miami

Most people would say it couldn’t be done but Ivette Naranjo proved them wrong when she opened Cafeina in Miami 18 months ago with no restaurant experience, and is now operating a successful business.

Dawn Sweeney Gets Industry Back On Track

As soon as Dawn Sweeney joined the National Restaurant Association as president and CEO in October 2007, she was thrown into the fire and had to figure a way out.That fire was, of course, the recession.