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casual dining

Leadership

Jim Hyatt named CEO of California Pizza Kitchen

The former Ruby Tuesday executive will take over for the retired G.J. Hart.

Financing

Black Bear Diner crosses the Rockies

The California-based family-dining chain is taking its expansion east.

The former Ignite and Au Bon Pain CEO is “bullish” on the opportunity.

The company said its same-store sales are down 5.1% this quarter.

Guests can enjoy prix fixe menus and happy hour deals.

The food and games chain’s stock surged, thanks to amusements, despite declining same-store sales.

Operations will cease at the company’s two family-dining concepts.

The casual chain has added a $10 Tuesdays deal.

The chain has its third CEO in about 13 months.

Red Robin Express will have no storefront, just production capabilities for producing the food found in full-service units.