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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


A McDonald’s vet could give restaurant franchisees a voice in Congress

Working Lunch: Chuck Edwards beat the incumbent representative of his district in last week's Republican primary, putting him in good stead to be elected in November's general election.


McDonald's entry into Russia makes its planned exit seem ho-hum

Restaurant Rewind: The opening was hailed as a contributor to the thawing of relations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. It also introduced many Russians to the concept of smiling.

The chicken finger chain, which has been shaking up its C-suite, named Mike Mettler chief development officer and Mike Nettles was promoted to chief digital-technology officer.

Chris Cheek, a restaurant franchising veteran, will steer growth and development for the operator of 48 better-for-you fast-casual restaurants across the two brands.

The buffet chain's CEO was named on Saturday as this year's winner of the Gold Plate.

The fast-growing, 30-unit plate lunch concept said Templeton will focus on fundraising to help the brand grow.

The outgoing CEO of Brinker International reflects on his impact over 17 years at the Chili’s and Maggiano’s parent.

Kerri Christian will oversee marketing for the company’s specialty category; Tracey Young was named chief brand officer for Cinnabon; Jim Salerno was given the same title with Carvel, where Jessica Osborne will be VP of marketing.

Setliff previously held executive posts with Jersey Mike’s Subs and Cici’s Pizza.

Graves will be responsible for digital growth and other initiatives at the pizza chain.

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