Romacorp appoints Stephen Judge CEO

Romacorp has named Stephen Judge CEO, the parent company of the Tony Roma’s and TR Fire Grill chains announced Tuesday.

Judge, who most recently served as president of Bonefish Grill, has also been at the helm of Darden’s Seasons 52 chain. He joins Romacorp as the company seeks to expand its TR Fire Grill concept, a casual-dining chain targeting millennials.

“It’s an exciting time at Romacorp, and Stephen’s extensive experience and strong operations expertise will bring immense knowledge and innovation to Tony Roma’s,” said Scott Wilson, Romacorp’s chairman of the board. “Stephen is a great fit for our company and a tremendous leader, and we look forward to having him guide our company’s continued growth as we serve millions of guests around the world.” 

Today's top stories

1
In today’s rigid labor market, restaurant operators have made headlines launching education benefits , referral bonuses , competitive wages and career development programs to attract workers and coax...
2
Like any kitchen tool, a protective glove is only as good as the skills of the person using it. I know chefs who swear by cut-resistant gloves and others who do not allow them in their kitchens,...
3
Although consumers’ moves toward better-for-you menu items continues to influence operators today, fried foods remain universally popular choices for restaurantgoers. With 84.5% of all operators...
4
After boasting for years that America runs on Dunkin’ , the franchise powerhouse is fundamentally changing to keep up. A menu that reverses years of pushing beyond doughnuts will be in place within...
5
A shutdown of all the Joe’s Crab Shacks in Michigan has raised the tally of units closed by bankrupt operator Ignite Restaurant Group to more than 40, from a base of 113 stores, according to internet...
6
The portion of restaurants’ sales coming from delivery could top 40% by 2020, roughly a sevenfold increase from current levels, according to a recent study from Morgan Stanley. Demand for off-premise...
7
As LSRs battle it out at breakfast, they’re pulling no punches when it comes to innovation. Taco Bell’s Naked Breakfast Taco spring LTO used a fried egg as a “shell” to hold diced potatoes, cheese...
8
The Fast staff took a break from putting this issue to bed for our Restaurant Trends & Directions conference . One of the keynoters was Jonah Berger, author of “Contagious” and “Invisible...
9
Whether seasonal, regional or simply unique, limited-time offers are not only a way to test possible new products, but also a great marketing tool to get consumers excited about a brand and in the...
10
In its U.K. home base, Pret A Manger met customers’ calls for more vegan and vegetarian options in a big way—by launching a veggie-only location in London last year. Its success spawned a second veg-...