Cinnabon Opens Milestone 100th Bakery through Pilot Flying J Partnership

Maker of World Famous Cinnamon Rolls® Gains Popularity in Travel Centers Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Cinnabon, Inc. this month celebrated the 100th opening with Pilot Flying J, a partnership that has fueled the fast growth of the bakery leader in travel…
How Kat Cole Operates Cinnabon Like a Tech Startup

There’s no software embedded in the gooey center of a Classic Roll. No app that dispatches dough from oven to frosting tray, no algorithm to calculate and dispense the precise amount of a toothsome concoction of sugar and cream cheese.…

Bojangles’ Executive Moves Strengthen Brand for Continued Growth Charlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. today announced the company’s board of directors has appointed Clifton Rutledge as Chief Executive Officer effective January 24. Rutledge joins Bojangles’ from Texas-based hamburger chain Whataburger,…
Bojangles’ President and CEO Randy Kibler To Retire

Board of Directors-Led Search Begins for Successor to Continue Company’s Impressive Run of Expansion and Sales Growth Charlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. today announced that Randy Kibler plans to retire from his role as president and chief executive officer…
Rosa Mexicano Names Tom Dillon As President & CEO

Company taps industry veteran to lead next phase of strategic development and growth New York, NY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Rosa Mexicano announced today that Tom Dillon has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of the premium Mexican restaurant group.  Starting in…
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…

Snack Leader in Bakery-Cafe Segment Continues Rapid Expansion; 200 New Domestic and International Openings in Development Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Cinnabon is on a roll. The iconic brand is returning to its roots in Washington to celebrate the opening of its…

Kat Cole, 34, got an unlikely start in the food industry. While in high school in Jacksonville, Fla., she worked part-time as a Hooters girl, serving beer and chicken wings in those tiny orange shorts. At age 19, she got…

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFCB) today announced the appointment of restaurant industry veteran F. Lane Cardwell as President of P.F. Chang’s Bistro concept, effective March 1, 2011. Mr. Cardwell currently serves on the Company’s Board of Directors and…

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…

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…

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…

FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes, announced today that Kat Cole has been named President of Cinnabon, Inc., the 25-year-old market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries with more…

Tossed, home of garden fresh salads, crepe wraps and sandwiches, today announced that Jason Chodash, founder of Tossed Franchise Corporation and current Executive Vice President of the company, has been named President, a title presently held by Chief Executive Officer…

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,”…

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…

Church’s Chicken announced today that John F. Bowie has joined the company as President, US operations for the globally recognized QSR chain. John will be responsible for overseeing all company and franchise restaurants operations. He joins a team of veteran…

Planet Smoothie, LLC owned by Petrus Brands LLC, has named Bonnie Rhinehardt as its new president.  Bonnie Rhinehardt assumed the role of President on August 23, 2010. As president of the Planet Smoothie brand, Rhinehardt will be responsible for overseeing…

El Pollo Loco, Inc., announced today that Steve Carley, President and CEO of El Pollo Loco, Inc., has tendered his resignation effective as of September 12, 2010 from all of his positions with the Company and of El Pollo Loco,…

Souper Salad, Inc., parent company of Souper Salad and Grandy’s restaurants, has named Ward Olgreen as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment of Olgreen follows the retirement of former CEO Tim Taft. “We thank Tim for his…

Grill Concepts, Inc., operators of The Grill on the Alley and Daily Grill-branded restaurants and the In Short Order – Daily Grill quick casual concept, has announced the departure of Philip Gay as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director and…

O’Charley’s Inc. today announced that Jeffrey D. Warne has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Commencing today, Philip J. Hickey, the Company’s Chairman of the Board, will serve as…