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Cooper’s Hawk will let wine club members earn points at Ruth’s Chris

The upscale steak chain will waive the corkage fee for members who bring their Cooper’s Hawk wine with them, through the end of April.

Operations

Antonio Swad builds a Porch Swing

The restaurateur, who founded Wingstop and Pizza Patrón, was his own general contractor for his newest restaurant, Porch Swing.

The entertainment concept hopes a more flexible design will fit in smaller and midsize cities.

Jessica Hagler was named CFO as the company’s longtime CEO Lonnie Stout becomes executive chairman.

She’ll be succeeded in April by finance chief Dave Deno.

Sixty-four-unit operator Diversified Restaurant Holdings said the chain’s rejuvenation efforts delivered his company’s first positive comps in three years.

Porch Swing offers “polished comfort food” and marks Swad’s return to the restaurant business.

After a rough end to 2018, the casual chain is tweaking its strategy to lure back guests, particularly for dine-in service.

With a new executive team, the chain is prepared for major growth and a possible public offering.

The casual-dining operation lost $10.6 million on a 4.5% drop in comps, most of it from a traffic decline.