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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.

Tom’s Urban Names Shannon McNiel President and COO

Tom's Urban, a fast growing eatertainment concept and modern casual dining restaurant, today announced the appointment of Shannon McNiel as president and Chief Operating Officer. Leveraging over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, McNiel will focus on overseeing, developing, and setting the direction for Tom’s Urban’s operational activities.

Cooper’s Hawk Taps Potbelly Exec as CFO

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is bringing on Michael Coyne as chief financial officer, effective October 1. Coyne arrives with more than three decades of leadership experience, including a six-month stint as interim CEO at Potbelly Corp.

GameWorks Taps New CEO as Ownership Changes

GameWorks, Inc., a full entertainment and dining experience for families, teens, and millennials with seven locations nationwide, announced that ExWorks Capital has assumed full ownership of the company and appointed new leadership.

Doug Thompson Named COO at Texas Roadhouse

For all intents and purposes, Doug Thompson helmed the chief operating officer role at Texas Roadhouse for the past three years, ever since Steve Ortiz’s 2015 retirement. The 540-unit chain made the change official August 23.

Home Run Inn Pizza Names Dan Costello New CEO

Home Run Inn Pizza, an iconic Chicago pizzeria since 1947, pays homage to its late CEO and fearless leader, Joe Perrino, while announcing new changes to the company. Perrino built the strong foundation that Home Run Inn is today, and he was dedicated and loyal not only to the company, but to his family and employees that quickly became his second family.

Shari’s Restaurants Names Joan Hansen Director of Marketing

Shari’s Restaurants announce the hiring of Joan Hansen as corporate Director of Marketing. Hansen will oversee the promotional and marketing efforts for not only Shari’s, but also the Coco’s Restaurants and Bakeries, and Carrows Restaurants as well.

The Paramount Group Names Amy Unell First Chief Operating Officer

The Paramount Group, Chicago’s premier hospitality and lifestyle group, announced Amy Unell as the first-ever Chief Operating Officer for the company. In partnership with CEO Jodi Fyfe, Unell will oversee the operational side of each brand within the Paramount family including Paramount Events, Eden, The Lakewood, Lake Street Staffing, HighGround, Spaces at 1756, West Lake Market and Paramount Fresh.

What Top Restaurants are Doing to Win The Labor War

When The Cheesecake Factory announced its second-quarter earnings in August, its stock dipped 14 percent the next day. That happened despite the fact that its same-store sales rose 1.4 percent and revenue jumped 4 percent.