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O'Charley's Names New President

American Blue Ribbon Holdings has announced the promotion of Mickey Mills to president of O’Charley’s. Mills was previously vice president of operations for O’Charley’s and has been with the Nashville-based casual dining chain since 2010.

Carolina Ale House Announces Expansion Plans

Lou Moshakos, president and owner of LM Restaurants, Inc., has released plans to expand the Carolina Ale House brand by at least seven additional locations over the next 12 to 18 months, creating more than 800 new jobs.
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First Watch Opens Second Atlanta-Area Restaurant

Newcomer to the Atlanta restaurant scene First Watch continued its expansion in the metro area this week with the opening of a restaurant in the Vinings-Smyrna area. The 3,031 sq. ft. breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant is located at 1675 Cumberland Pkwy.

Johnny Rockets Opens Two More Restaurants in the Gulf Arab States

New Johnny Rockets restaurants have opened in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, two Gulf Arab States previously developed by the iconic all-American chain in a geographic area positioned for further expansion.The new restaurants at Kipco Tower (formerly known as United Tower) and Riyadh Exit 5 offer the flavorful all-American fare, upbeat music, timeless ambiance, and engaging dining experience that guests have enjoyed since the first Johnny Rockets restaurant on the Arabian Peninsula opened more than 17 years ago.

California Pizza Kitchen Launches New Seasonal Menu Items

California Pizza Kitchen has launched two new seasonal menu items that embrace world flavors – California style. The Brussels + Bacon Pizza and Roasted Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese Salad small plate will be available in all California Pizza Kitchen locations through the end of March.

McCormick & Schmick’s Flounders

For sale: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Inc.Is it a surprise? Not really. But the situation isn’t unique to McCormick & Schmick’s—many restaurants have had a hard time keeping their businesses running in the last few years.