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USHG Taps Tom Mackenzie as GM for Upcoming Manhatta

Union Square Hospitality Group plans to open Manhatta, a neighborhood restaurant on the 60th floor of the 28 Liberty Street building in lower Manhattan. The current target opening is summer 2018. The kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef Jason Pfeifer, who has worked most recently as executive chef of Maialino and has also worked at Noma and Per Se.

Healthcare, and the Benefits of Being an Employee-First Restaurant

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants puts employees first. And that’s not a platitude it pipes out to sound good; it’s been a principle of the company for 25 years.Central to its mantra is offering healthcare insurance options to the employees in its 30 restaurants, which range from casual service all the way up to fine dining.

Boston’s Brings On Industry Vet Jeff Melnick as Executive Vice President

Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar (Boston’s) announced Tuesday that Jeff Melnick will be the brand’s new Executive Vice President. Melnick’s decades of experience in the restaurant industry, coupled with his positive outlook for the casual dining space and inspiring leadership style will be essential in Boston’s development strategy for 2018 and beyond.

Texas Roadhouse Promotes Tonya Robinson to CFO

Texas Roadhouse announced a key executive change, and it’s coming from within. The 558-unit, Louisville-based chain promoted Tonya Robinson to chief financial officer, replacing company president Scott Colosi, who served in the interim role since 2015.

Villa Restaurant Group Announces Key Internal Promotions

Villa Restaurant Group, global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor, announced that the company has made significant promotions within its corporate team. As the company continues to expand its presence, evolve in the industry and focus on brand building, Villa has promoted the following individuals to better support its rapid growth within the quick and full-service restaurant industries.

The Cheesecake Factory Bolsters Leadership Team

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated announced the appointment of Scarlett May as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the company, effective May 14, 2018. She will succeed Debby R.

Abe Ruiz Enjoys Rapid Rise to CEO at Babalu Tapas & Tacos

When Babalu Tapas & Tacos hired industry veteran Abe Ruiz in December 2017 to take on the role of chief operating officer at the Spanish-meets-Southern-style tapas restaurant, they were confident he was the right person for the job.

Levy Earns Top Spot on Best Employers List

Levy, the industry-leading company known for its restaurants and hospitality experiences at sports and entertainment venues, was selected by Forbes as one of the nation’s best workplaces on its 2018 America’s Best Employers list.

Upward Projects Names Former P.F. Chang's to Same Role

Upward Projects, the locally grown Phoenix-based hospitality group with a cult-like following announced the hiring of Kristina Cashman as its new Chief Financial Officer. Founded in 2009, Upward Projects' portfolio features eight unique Postino WineCafé locations in communities throughout Arizona, Colorado and Texas (and coming soon to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport); plus Windsor & Churn, a pub-style neighborhood hangout with an adjoining nostalgic ice cream parlor; Federal Pizza, a wood-fired pizzeria and craft beer spot; and two Joyride Taco House locations, a kicked-back hangout with a well-worn, mid-century beach vibe.

Cooper’s Hawk Awards BMW to Top Performers

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a lifestyle brand centered around food and wine, announced results of its successful people development program, “Driving Development.” Presented annually to restaurant General Managers and Executive Kitchen Managers, the program, now in its second year, recognizes current and future leaders who have successfully fostered employee growth, advancement or promotion.

Why Twin Peaks is Soaring to New Heights

You could label Twin Peaks “old school” and it would fit. What are the 83-unit chain’s DNA points, as chief executive officer Joe Hummel puts it?Hospitality.Ambiance.Employees and training.“I think hospitality is a big part of our business,” says Hummel, who joined the brand in 2011 and became an executive member in July 2017.

HotSchedules Brings Restaurant Employee Training to Clarifi Platform

HotSchedules, the leading provider of workforce and back office solutions for the restaurant and hospitality industries, announced Wednesday that DiscoverLink, the leading provider of restaurant-specific online training content, has joined the company’s Global Partner Network.