The TooJay’s New York-style deli chain has reached into the Big Apple scene for its new CEO and president, The Meatball Shop veteran Maxwell Piet.
He succeeds Christopher Artinian, who will remain on TooJay’s board. No reason was provided by the chain for the change in leadership.
Piet has worked in restaurants for two decades, most recently as SVP of The Meatball Shop. He has also served as VP of operations for Ruby Tuesday, and as a unit manager for Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden.
Meatball Shop was an early entrant in the now-crowded meatball field of New York City. Like competitors, it specializes in a variety of meatballs and sauces, usually served in cups with a slice of bread on the side.
TooJay’s currently extends to 27 locations in Florida. The concept features sandwiches and other deli fare.
The change in leadership is the latest in a flurry of executive turnovers in recent weeks at restaurant chains, a sign some read as a reflection of the industry's difficulties. International Dairy Queen, Freddy's Frozen Custard, Souplantation and Tender Greens have all announced the appointments of new CEOs or presidents.