The former brand strategist will join the Mexican casual-dining chain in September.
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Brand revitalization efforts spurred sales and traffic during Q2, company execs said.

The report also indicates that tax benefits embodied in the Affordable Care Act should enable small restaurant employers to absorb the cost without a price rise.
Second-quarter financial results for parent Bloomin’ Brands were impacted by continuing struggles in South Korea.
Despite sales gains, rising beef costs bogged down margins, the company said.

The system was added chainwide after an investment in other tech.
The chef’s ThinkFoodGroup called the $10 million suit “unsurprising” but baseless.
A new CIO and development officer are charged with facilitating growth for IHOP and Applebee’s—in part by developing new formats and designs.

The SEIU got a green light to begin collecting signatures backing an initiative to let voters decide yea or nay on the so-called living wage.
Millennials aren't the only consumers to focus on. To please parents as well as Gen Zers, operators are taking a look at what they offer various age groups...
The brand’s customization experiment hits its first major U.S. urban market, offering touches more often seen in the fast-casual realm, such as food delivered to tables on upgraded servingware.
Step aside, umami. There’s a new taste in town.
Playing off customers’ preference for fresh, unique fare, a growing number of airports are opening outposts of popular local restaurants and offering menus crafted by well-known local chefs.