It was the summer of ‘68 in Gainesville, Florida, when Sonny Tillman fired up his smoker to open the first Sonny’s BBQ with a mission to spread Southern hospitality through BBQ. Fifty years later, this mission is still the same .
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.
After the shock and gut-wrenching details of #MeToo story after #MeToo story, the restaurant industry is left asking what it means to have a positive, supportive work environment. How can restaurants and brands move forward, post-#MeToo, to create a better environment in its wake?“I think it’s simple: Listen and be proactive.
In the past 12 years, Chris Tomasso has watched First Watch balloon from a 60-unit concept to more than 250 restaurants across America, making it perhaps the fastest-growing daytime-only concept in the market.
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.
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 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 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.
Marcus Samuelsson and Mark Weiss, board co-chairs of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), announced that Aaron Bludorn, Mark Kornblau, and Stanislas Vilgrain have been elected to the C-CAP’s Board of Directors.
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 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.
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.
Another Choice Hotels executive is joining the Dine Brands team. The parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP announced late Monday (May 7) the appointment of Thomas Song as chief financial officer, effective May 29.