Beginning today, Charles “Chuck” Locke will assume the role of president of Taco Cabana and Fiesta senior vice president and chief operating officer Danny Meisenheimer will assume the additional role of Pollo Tropical president.
Before coming to Fiesta, Locke was chief operating officer at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza for nine years where he successfully grew the brand from 10 locations to 64 restaurants in seven states. He also was an area developer for Family Sports Concepts where he grew its Beef O'Brady's sports-themed concept through franchisees. Locke began his career at S&A Restaurant Group where he held various leadership positions for Bennigans.
“We are delighted to welcome Chuck to Fiesta and to his new role as President of Taco Cabana. Chuck has built an exceptional track record of improving performance and driving growth throughout his career and has a real passion for delivering an exceptional guest experience. He is a great cultural fit for our company and for the Taco Cabana brand,” Fiesta President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Stockinger said in a statement. “We would also like to congratulate Danny on his appointment as President of Pollo Tropical. Together, these appointments will strengthen the implementation of our strategic renewal plan which is focused on revitalizing restaurant performance in core markets, managing capital and financial discipline, and establishing platforms for long term growth.”