Benihana Inc. Names CEO and President

Aventua, Fla. — The board of directors of Benihana Inc., operator of Benihana, RA Sushi and Haru Sushi restaurants, has named Thomas J. Baldwin its new chief executive officer and president. Baldwin will be based in Aventura, Fla., and responsible for Benihana's 100 Benihana, RA Sushi and Haru Sushi restaurants as well as the 10 Benihana franchised restaurants.

MOD Pizza Plans 11 New Restaurants in Houston

Houston — Transwestern represented MOD Pizza in 11 new leases in Houston, bringing the retailer to 15 open and planned Houston locations. To date, MOD is operating close to 150 stores across the U.S. and the United Kingdom and plans to open 50 more stores by the end of 2016, including five U.K. locations.

Amicon Construction Building First Rubio’s Restaurant on the East Coast

Miami — Amicon Construction Management (ACM) is managing the construction of three Rubio’s Coastal Grill locations in South Florida. San Diego-based Rubio’s has more than 200 locations in the southwestern U.S. Rubio’s first South Florida location — also its first on the East Coast — will be located in downtown Miami and is expected to be completed this fall.

Diversified Restaurant Holdings To Spin Off Bagger Dave’s Restaurants

Southfield, Mich. — Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc., the largest franchisee for Buffalo Wild Wings® and creator and operator of Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern®, intends to split into two separate, publicly-traded companies through the tax-free spinoff of its Bagger Dave’s business to DRH stockholders. The company previously announced on May 24, 2016 that it was evaluating strategic alternatives for its Bagger Dave’s restaurants and brand. 

Wendy's Teams Up With Service Management Group

Kansas City, Mo. — The Wendy's Company has selected Service Management Group (SMG) to measure the customer experience in all of its North America and international restaurants. SMG is a global leader in customer experience (CX) measurement, helping more than 350 brands around the globe to listen, understand and act on feedback and behavioral data.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Plans To Refresh 37 Restaurants

Broomfield, Colo. — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom’s franchise partners are reinvesting an average of $150,000 into refreshing 37 existing franchised restaurants. This effort will include renovations to the interior and exterior of existing franchised restaurants, as well as upgrades to the dining room and beer equipment.

FOCUS Brands Strengthens Commitment to Asia Pacific

Atlanta — FOCUS Brands welcomes Ken Chen as senior vice president and managing director of Asia Pacific. In his new role, Ken will continue to grow FOCUS Brands' current retail business in existing markets, as well as expand the portfolio in China, Australia, Indonesia and others. Cinnabon® and Auntie Anne's® are currently leading international growth efforts, followed by Carvel®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky's®.

Johnny Rockets Names President and CEO

Lake Forest, Calif. — Johnny Rockets, a global operator and franchisor of more than 350 Americana-themed restaurants in 28 countries around the world, has named John Maguire as president and CEO. Maguire assumes this role in addition to his current position as president and CEO of FIC Restaurants, Inc. (Friendly's).

Lenny’s Subs Selects PAR Technology’s POS

New Hartford, N.Y. — ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a leading global provider of point-of-sale (POS) and food safety solutions to the restaurant industry, has been selected by Lenny’s Subs® to provide its Brink POS® software as the approved POS solution for all of Lenny’s Subs’ 105 locations.

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