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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry
The former ProFlowers executive will lead the pizza chain's marketing efforts.
A Papa John’s and Long John Silver’s veteran takes over the job, with the goal of global expansion.
Ells, a chef by training, has been a disruptor, industry critic, apologist, risk taker, contrarian and culinary traditionalist.
The executive who worked magic at Popeyes would be the ideal chief for a brand just starting its searching for a leader: Taco Bell.
The Bottom Line: The burrito chain has been trending toward normalization for some time now, and that's a good thing.
Or at least not too much. The industry needs a sometimes-annoying contrarian to keep it fresh and innovative. Let it remain the anti-fast-food brand.
The industry innovator and icon will be honored at the upcoming Restaurant Leadership Conference.
Here's what Ron Shaich, Restaurant Business’ 2018 Restaurant Leader of the Year, recalls as the critical pivot points so far for the company he led for more than three decades.
The troubled burrito chain has plucked an experienced marketer from Taco Bell, the sort of chain it swore it would never copy.
Paul Malazita was named interim CFO to replace Dexter Newman.
Up-and-coming restaurant chains and what’s propelling their growth
Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh
New restaurants and soon-to-open concepts worth monitoring
RB’s exclusive ranking of the highest-grossing independent restaurants
Peter Romeo highlights the moments restaurateurs miss at their own peril
Ideas from the field you may want to borrow