Kitchen United Names Executive Appointments

Pasadena, Calif. — Kitchen United, the virtual restaurant center for innovative brands building off-premise through pickup and delivery, has made a series of executive team hires to support its national rollout and expansion plans. Kitchen United plans to open 15 kitchen centers by the end of 2019.

Jersey Mike’s Opens on U.S. Naval Base

Norfolk, Va. — On February 14, 2019, Jersey Mike’s Subs opened in Norfolk, Va., aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in the Main Navy Exchange food court. Franchise owners Martin Anderson and Clark Stallings, along with operating partner Tristan Lee, will celebrate with a fundraiser for The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Biscuitville Names New Creative Director

Greensboro, N.C. — Biscuitville Fresh Southern® has named Stephen Swoap creative director. In his role at Biscuitville, he will continue to evolve and elevate the look of the brand and oversee the execution of its visual identity across its media platforms along with experiential branding opportunities to enhance in-restaurant experiences for guests.

REGO Restaurant Group Names Chief Brand Officer

Denver — Mark Lohmann, a former senior executive with Qdoba Restaurant Group, has been named chief brand officer of REGO Restaurant Group, the fast-casual restaurant platform backed by High Bluff Capital Partners that includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar. The news follows the recent appointment of President and CEO Tim Casey, as REGO looks to expand its brand portfolio through strategic acquisitions.

Bojangles'® Names Chief Restaurant Support Officer

Charlotte, N.C. — Bojangles’, Inc. has hired restaurant industry veteran Kenneth M. Koziol as its new chief restaurant support officer, reporting directly to the brand’s new chief executive officer, Jose Armario. He joins the company from Panera.

Kitchen United to Expand into Columbus and Atlanta

Los Angeles — Kitchen United, the virtual restaurant center for innovative brands building off-premise through pickup and delivery, has signed lease agreements for kitchen centers in Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta. Both locations are expected to open spring 2019 and are part of the company’s significant national expansion plan aimed to support the dramatic, consumer driven shift toward off-premise food consumption.

Bloomin’ Brands Names President of Bonefish Grill

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. has appointed Jeff Carcara as president of Bonefish Grill. In this role, Carcara will be responsible for leading the operations and development for Bonefish Grill restaurants across the United States. He most recently served as the CEO of Del Frisco’s Emerging Brands.

Regatta Harbour to Introduce “Top Chef” Jeremy Ford’s New Restaurant: Afishonado

Miami — The TREO Group, a privately-held real estate investment firm headquartered in Miami, has signed a lease for celebrity chef Jeremy Ford’s new restaurant concept, Afishonado, at Regatta Harbour, the mixed-use development transforming Coconut Grove’s waterfront. The development team partnered with Grove Bay Hospitality Group to bring the Bravo TV “Top Chef” winner to the destination in a significant next step to revolutionize the area’s waterfront with culinary experiences and more.

Saladworks Plans to Open 17 New Locations in 2019

Philadelphia — With successful 2018 openings in four states, Saladworks, the healthy, fast-casual franchise, will continue to expand its national footprint to new and existing states in 2019. With 10 new stores committed to by new and existing franchisees in 2018, the expanding brand is on target to open 17 locations in 2019. Stores will open in Rhode Island, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, California, Minnesota and Arkansas.

CoreLife Eatery to Open Milestone 50th Location

Fort Wayne, Ind. — CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant offering a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes, will soon hit a major milestone by opening its 50th location. The brand will open in Fort Wayne, Ind., for the first time on January 31, 2019. This is the fifth Indiana location for the fast-growing brand.

GPS Hospitality Names Senior Vice President of Operations

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has promoted Mike Kovac to senior vice president of operations. Previously, he was vice president of operations, where he achieved consecutive yearly sales increases.

Cauldron Ice Cream Expands California Presence

Irvine, Calif. — Cauldron Ice Cream, the rapidly growing Orange County, Calif.-based scoop shop known for its made-to-order nitrogen ice cream, innovative flavors and viral OG Puffle cone, opened a new Irvine, Calif., location on January 12, 2019.

Red Robin Appoints Executive Vice President and CFO

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. has appointed Lynn Schweinfurth as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 28, 2019. Guy Constant, Red Robin’s current executive vice president and chief financial officer, will move to lead company and franchise operations, development and facilities as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Biscuitville Names New Director of Finance

Greensboro, N.C. — Biscuitville Fresh Southern® has named Ryan Hilton director of finance. He will play a critical role in developing Biscuitville’s annual financial and long term strategic planning procedures. Prior to joining Biscuitville, Hilton served as senior finance manager in the real estate department at Advance Auto Parts.

Chop Stop Plans 16 New Locations in 2019

Los Angeles — Chop Stop, a California-based QSR chopped salad concept known for its fresh, customizable chopped salads and other health-oriented menu options, has signed 16 new franchise agreements in three states. The deals will result in the first-ever Chop Stop franchises in Texas and Nevada. By the end of 2019, Chop Stop expects to have a total of 23 units open.

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