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J. Alexander’s Promotes 6 to VP Roles

J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of the J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, and Lyndhurst Grill collection of restaurants, announced the promotion of six executives to Vice President of J.

Former TGI Fridays President Named CEO of Eggs Up Grill

Eggs Up Grill, a chain of franchised breakfast and lunch restaurants located throughout the South, has named a new chief executive officer—restaurant industry veteran Ricky Richardson—as the company embarks on an aggressive growth plan under new ownership.

James Beard Foundation Shakes Up Leadership

Clare Reichenbach, Chief Executive Officer of the James Beard Foundation, announced the next phase of the organization’s evolution with newly created positions for six senior management team members.

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.

Cheryl Henry to Assume CEO Role at Ruth’s Chris

In the culmination of a “multi-year succession planning process,” Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., the parent company of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, named Cheryl Henry chief executive officer, effective August 10.

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.