Industry Vet Named President of Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar
Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, a Dallas-based casual dining concept that combines a family-friendly restaurant and sports bar under one roof, announced that Eric Taylor will take over as president of the company. With this new executive addition, Boston’s gains a wealth of knowledge and leadership expertise to support its efforts to positively impact and grow the brand.
Taylor arrives at Boston’s with more than 15 years of senior leadership experience at several international restaurant brands, including Sbarro and Bennigan’s. In his most recent position, Taylor served as the senior vice president and chief development officer at Rita’s Italian Ice and was responsible for expanding its global footprint while overseeing more than 600 units. With Taylor’s expertise in growing franchise brands and leading sales operations, he plans to immediately step in and assist in achieving Boston’s goal to develop the brand through strategic and targeted growth.
“Aside from being a loyal Boston’s customer for more than 10 years, I immediately saw the value in the brand and recognized its growth potential in the U.S.,” says Taylor. “I am fully committed to putting my best foot forward in developing this brand to accurately reflect the quality product and premium services in which it offers.”
As president, Taylor’s day-to-day responsibilities will include oversight on all U.S. operations and strategic planning for franchise development. With his sights set on building off of Boston’s “Road to 100”, a growth strategy implemented earlier this year, Taylor will first visit several locations across the U.S. to establish trusting relationships with franchisees, develop best practices, and better link the brand with executive operations. In addition to a clear focus on franchise development, Taylor will also work to leverage Boston’s newly designed prototype by highlighting the brands premium sports bar as a competitive standard in the casual dining segment.
“The Boston’s team is thrilled to welcome Eric Taylor as the new Boston’s U.S. president, as he exemplifies the leadership style and operational experience that Boston’s needs to grow and succeed as a company,” says Mark Pacinda, president and CEO of Boston Pizza International. “Eric has established an expertise in successfully developing franchise brands both domestically and internationally and understands what it takes to effectively rise to the top in the casual dining segment.”
Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar’s U.S. operations are based in Dallas. The company currently has 29 locations operating in 22 states and 12 locations in Mexico. The company’s sister brand, Boston Pizza, has more than 400 locations throughout Canada and is considered the No. 1 casual dining brand in the country.