Friendly’s promotes comeback story in ad campaign

In a recent television commercial, upbeat chief executive John Maguire tells viewers that Friendly’s Ice Cream is “back” and urges customers to give the restaurants another shot. He even promises to tear up the bill if they leave disappointed. The…
Taco Bell Announces Brian Niccol as New CEO Effective January 1, 2015

Irvine, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Taco Bell Corp., a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), announced today that Brian Niccol will be promoted to chief executive officer on January 1, 2015. Niccol, 40, who currently serves as president, Taco Bell U.S., will…
Greg Lippert Named Quaker Steak & Lube Chief Executive Officer

Award-Winning Franchise Adds Former Mazzio’s LLC CEO to Leadership Team Sharon, PA  (RestaurantNews.com)  The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 signature sauces, announced today that it has appointed Greg…
Phil Friedman Takes the Reins at Salsarita’s

Franchising Legend Steps into Active Role to Launch Big Plans for Salsarita’s Growth Charlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  After acquiring the company in 2011, franchising legend and turnaround artist Phil Friedman is stepping forward into a new, highly active role as chief…
John Maguire has a plan to save Friendly’s

One afternoon in summer 2012, the new CEO of Friendly’s Ice Cream, John Maguire, got a call from the company’s longtime public relations chief, Maura Tobias. The Today show was going to do a story, Tobias said, and it wasn’t…
Jack in the Box Inc. Announces Upcoming Chairman & CEO Transition

Linda Lang to retire as Chairman & CEO; Leonard Comma named as successor San Diego, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) today announced that Linda A. Lang will retire as the company’s Chairman of the Board and…

Fast-Casual Industry Veteran to take Top Post as Company Focuses on Growth to Bring Mediterranean Mainstream Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Zoës Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant offering fresh and wholesome Mediterranean-inspired dishes hand-prepared daily, today announced the promotion of Kevin Miles to…

In just the past few years the Friendly’s food chain has run through several chief executives, gone in and out of bankruptcy, closed more than 100 stores, and still struggled with its dated concept of family dining. So when the…

COO of Panera Bread Brings Deep Experience in Growth of Leading Chain Wilbraham, MA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC, the operator of Friendly’s restaurants and a distributor of ice cream products in leading supermarkets, today announced that John M. Maguire,…

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. has hired Timothy Taft as Chief Executive Officer of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. effective August 15, 2011. Fiesta Restaurant Group, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Carrols Restaurant Group, owns and operates the Taco Cabana and Pollo…

The Huddle House Board of Directors have voted to name restaurant industry veteran Ken Keymer as CEO of the 400-unit full-service dining chain. Keymer, a long-time Huddle House board member, assumed the role of interim-CEO in September 2010. While serving…

EPL Intermediate, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or the “Company”), parent company of El Pollo Loco, Inc., announced today the promotion of Steve Sather to President and CEO of El Pollo Loco, Inc. and the appointment of Samuel N. Borgese to…

Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, today announced the appointment of John C. Miller to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2011. Mr. Miller succeeds Debra Smithart-Oglesby who has…

American iconic brand McDonald’s wants to take a bigger bite of China. Kenneth Chan, CEO of McDonald’s China, shares his recipe for growth amid the country’s tightening policies and increasing competition from rival, Yum! Brands. Q:  What does it take…

Tom Krouse, unlike many foodservice industry leaders, has had a good year. Krouse, last week crowned Donatos new CEO, has led the pizza chain’s new retail distribution arm, Jane’s Dough Foods, to double-digit growth in the last year, having tripled…

Quiznos, pioneer of the toasted sandwich and one of the nation’s premier restaurant chains for subs, salads and soups, today announced the appointment of Greg MacDonald as CEO of Quiznos worldwide. MacDonald succeeds former CEO and Quiznos founder, Rick Schaden,…

Boston Market Corporation, a leading fast-casual restaurant chain category celebrating its 25th year providing fresh home style meals, today announced the appointment of George Michel as Chief Executive Officer. Michel, who most recently served as President and CEO of Timothy’s…

There is plenty of advice a brand should heed when moving through the bankruptcy process. Bringing on outside advisers, staying honest with your lenders and suppliers, and timing the process appropriately are all ways to make sure the bankruptcy business…

McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner on the continued growth of the fast-food chain and whether or not the administration is business friendly. Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com

When 2009 third quarter earnings for Pizza Hut parent Yum! Brands shored up a dismal 13 percent same-store sales decrease from the previous year, NPC International, its largest franchisee, famously took its franchisor to task. NPC CEO Jim Schwartz’s call…

McAlister’s Deli announced that it has named Frank G. Paci as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO) effective Sept. 27, 2010. McAlister’s Deli is a quick-casual deli concept with more than 295 restaurants in over 20 states. “We…

Growing amid a protracted economic slump requires first admitting that the economy is indeed in one. “Talk to my customers, and you will know the truth,” said Cheryl Bachelder, chief executive of AFC Enterprises, the Atlanta-based franchiser of nearly 2,000…