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Former Darden Vet Joins FoodFirst Global Restaurants

FoodFirst Global Restaurants, the owner of BRIO Tuscan Grille and BRAVO Cucina Italiana announced Dave Pickens, an industry veteran who’s worked his way up through restaurants, as its new president and chief operations officer.

CORE Announces New Executive Director

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) has named Linda Eaves its executive director.Eaves replaces Lauren LaViola, who joined CORE in 2011 and has served as its executive director since 2013. LaViola will transition into a role overseeing development and partnerships for CORE.

Houlihan's Strengthens Leadership with 3 Industry Vets

In an announcement made by Mike Archer, chief executive officer of Leawood, Kansas-based HRI, Inc., the company has named three new members to the HRI, Inc. executive team—Chad Devorak, senior vice president of operations for Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar; Bill Leibengood, chief marketing officer, HRI, Inc.

Rusty Bucket Promotes Jim Sauter to Vice President

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern announced the promotion of Jim Sauter from director of operations to vice president of the company. Sauter has more than 29 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

Real Mex Restaurants Buyer Names New CEO, CFO

FM Restaurants HoldCo, LLC, an affiliate of Z Capital Group, LLC, a leading alternative asset manager of opportunistic, value-oriented private equity and credit funds, today announced the appointments of Randy Sharpe as Chief Executive Officer and Ned Algeo as Chief Financial Officer.

The ONE Group Bolsters Leadership Team

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. announced it strengthened its leadership team with the creation of a new position to focus on the special events business and two new executive hires.Celeste Fierro has transitioned from her most recent role as Senior Vice President—Operations to the newly created position of Vice President of Special Events.

Josh Zadikoff Named President of Cornerstone Restaurant Group

David Zadikoff, founder and CEO of Cornerstone Restaurant Group, announced Wednesday that Josh Zadikoff will take on the role of president at the hospitality company, which oversees Chef Bill Kim’s bellyQ and urbanbelly restaurants in Chicago as well as iconic Michael Jordan-brand restaurants throughout the country, among others.

Report: Wages on the Rise for Holidays

There’s likely to be good news for temporary hourly workers this holiday season. Employers, including retailers, hotels, and restaurants, say they expect to be filling more jobs and offering significantly higher wages than they did last year in order to attract seasonal workers in the fourth quarter.

Friendly’s Taps Ex-Boston Market Leader as Interim CEO

FIC Restaurants, the operator of Friendly’s, named industry veteran George Michel its interim chief executive officer, the company announced Thursday. Michel replaces former Panera Bread executive John Maguire, who is leaving the chain after six years to accept another job in the restaurant industry.