Long John Silver’s Names Chief Operating Officer

Joseph Lutz brings more than 30 years of industry experience to nation’s largest quick service seafood chain Louisville, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Long John Silver’s, the world’s largest quick service seafood company, has named Joseph Lutz, Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee…
East Coast Wings & Grill Promotes Tom Scalese to COO

Winston-Salem, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  East Coast Wings & Grill, one of the fast growing casual dining chicken wing franchises in the country, has announced the promotion of Tom Scalese to Chief Operating Officer. In his new position, Scalese will continue his…
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…
Papa John’s Announces Senior Management Promotion

Tony Thompson promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John Schnatter Louisville, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced the promotion of Tony Thompson to President and Chief Operating…
Kay Bogeajis Named El Pollo Loco Chief Operating Officer

Costa Mesa, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  El Pollo Loco announced today that restaurant industry veteran Kay Bogeajis has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer.  Bogeajis comes to the nation’s leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain with more than 30 years of operations…

Southlake, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DFRG), the owner and operator of the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, and Del Frisco’s Grille restaurant concepts, today announced that Jeff Carcara has been named Chief Operating…

Toasted Sandwich pioneer names John Coletta CFO, James Lyons COO Denver, CO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Quiznos, one of the nation’s premier quick-service restaurant chains and the pioneer of the toasted sandwich, today announced the appointment of John Coletta as Chief Financial Officer…

Retooled brand prepares for growth San Antonio, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Earlier this month, Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., parent company of Taco Cabana, named Todd Coerver Chief Operating Officer for Taco Cabana, effective January 2013. Coerver, who joined Taco Cabana in 2009…

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) announced today that John Maguire has resigned as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective May 31, 2012 to become the Chief Executive Officer of Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC. The…

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), announced today that James M. Schmidt has been appointed to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Schmidt will be responsible for management of the day-to-day operations…

McDonald’s Corporation announced today that Don Thompson, President and Chief Operating Officer, has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Andrew McKenna, Chairman of McDonald’s Board of Directors, said, “Don is an exceptional leader, with tremendous knowledge…

Tropical Smoothie Café, a quick casual themed restaurant offering fresh, made to order food and real fruit smoothies served in a unique tropical environment, announces the promotion of Mike Rotondo to Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Rotondo will…

Dave & Buster’s Inc., the innovator in restaurant/entertainment, has named Dolf Berle president and chief operating officer.  Berle was most recently executive vice president of hospitality for ClubCorp USA, the nation’s largest operator of private clubs. Prior to that, he…

Quiznos, pioneer of the toasted sandwich and one of the nation’s premier restaurant chains for subs, salads and soups, today named Michael Roper chief operating officer of Quiznos worldwide. Roper, most recently EVP of operations for Quiznos, has been a…

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon and Texas Land & Cattle Steak House today announced that Patrick Droesch, currently Chief Operating Officer, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer.     As part of his new responsibilities, Patrick Droesch will…

Dave and Buster’s, Inc. announced today that Starlette Johnson, President, Chief Operating Officer and Director, has resigned her positions effective September 30, 2010. “Starlette has been an integral member of the Dave & Buster’s team over the past four years,”…

Denny’s Corporation today announced that Robert Rodriguez has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer, effective no later than September 13, 2010. Mr. Rodriguez brings deep leadership and restaurant operations experience. Since 2008 he served as President and…

Hurricane Grill & Wings today announced the appointment of Mark Snyder as Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Wynn Taylor as Vice President of Marketing, and Angie Kenyon as Senior Real Estate Consultant. “Industry leaders Mark Snyder, Lisa Wynn Taylor and Angie…