BRIX Holdings Names Operations Executive as its New CEO

Dallas — BRIX Holdings, LLC has named long-time operations executive Craig Erlich as CEO, effective immediately. The current BRIX Holdings franchise portfolio includes the Red Mango® Yogurt Café Smoothie & Juice Bar, Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar, RedBrick Pizza® Kitchen Cafe, Souper Salad® and Greenz® chains.

Carl's Jr. Opens First-Ever Manhattan Restaurant

Franklin, Tenn. — On January 31, 2018, global burger chain Carl's Jr. opened its first-ever Manhattan restaurant at 425 7th Ave., opposite Madison Square Garden. In addition to its full food menu, the two-story restaurant will serve a selection of local and national beer and wine.

Subway® Names Director of Global Operations

Milford, Conn. — Subway® restaurants has promoted Tracy Steinwand to the role of director of global operations. In her new role, she will lead all aspects of Subway's global operations, including restaurant and field operations, and transforming the customer experience in restaurant.

Playing With Fire

Restaurants risk building loss, insurance claim exclusion, liability and litigation for fires caused by failure to clean kitchen exhaust systems to code.

Dunkin’ Donuts Unveils Next Generation Concept Store

Canton, Mass. — On January 16, 2018, in the city where it opened its very first location 68 years ago, Dunkin' Donuts unveiled its next generation concept store. The new Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Quincy, Mass., offers the first look at the brand's U.S. store of the future experience, with a modern atmosphere and new and innovative technologies and design elements — including the first drive-thru exclusively for mobile ordering.

Brinker International Names Chief Digital Officer

Dallas — Brinker International, Inc. has named Wade Allen as its senior vice president and chief digital officer, effective immediately. Allen will transition from David Doyle, former Brinker chief information officer, who will retire after more than 23 years with the company.

Wendy's Opens 500th International Restaurant

Dublin, Ohio — The Wendy's Company has opened its 500th international restaurant* in Guatemala City, Guatemala, by franchise organization Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa. Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa joined the Wendy's® system in 2015 and currently operates 13 restaurants in Guatemala.

Front Burner Names CEO for Whiskey Cake and Ida Claire

Dallas — Front Burner Restaurant Group, LLC, the developer of distinctive restaurant concepts, has named Steve Shlemon as chief executive officer of Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar and Ida Claire. With a career that spans 35 years, Shlemon will lead operation strategy, menu innovation and marketing for both concepts.

Bloomin' Brands Hires SVP, Digital Marketing

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin' Brands, Inc. has hired Ramin Eivaz as senior vice president of digital marketing, analytics and CRM. This newly created position will lead a team that will integrate brand marketing and digital analytics for an enhanced customer experience.

Red Robin Appoints New Executive Vice President

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a full-service restaurant chain, has appointed Beverly Carmichael as executive vice president, chief people, culture and resource officer. She joins the company from Cracker Barrel.

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