You can't take the station wagon out of Peter Cancro

His hands-on, down-to-earth style, forged when he bought the chain at just 17, has persisted through five decades. It’s a success formula that has earned him the selection as this year’s Restaurant Leader of the Year.


Jersey Mike's Peter Cancro is named RB's 2024 Restaurant Leader of the Year

The CEO was chosen by the editorial staff of Restaurant Business in recognition of the success and give-back culture the Jersey native has made constants for the high-flying chain.

In the transcript of this week's Restaurant Rewind podcast, read about one of the most colorful characters ever to influence the business.

Restaurant Rewind: During his 64 years, he drew a spotlight time and again, though not always for positive reasons.

Executive Summary: The president of LongHorn Steakhouse has a new job at its parent company, Marco's Pizza promotes John Meyers to chief operating officer, Biscuitville shakes up its leadership and more executive news of the week.

The longtime Bloomin’ official was most recently the company’s head of global business development. He replaces Chris Meyer, who is retiring.

Leadership problems, a tough economy and all-you-can eat shrimp have brought the nation's biggest full-service seafood chain to the brink of rock bottom.

Smashburger's new CEO Denise Nelsen is taking a hard look at the brand and how it can reignite expansion, both domestic and international.

The casual-dining chain will take input from PW Partners on how to boost shareholder value. In exchange, PW will withdraw two board nominees.

The Dallas-based pizza restaurant operator, which also owns Pie Five, has six new executives in place in preparation for planned expansion.

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