Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Outback’s parent strikes a truce with investor Jana Partners

Candidates supported by Jana will stand election for two of Bloomin’ Brands 10 board seats.


Inspire Brands forms a $1M relief fund

The Inspire Brands Foundation will use its resources to aid restaurant relief efforts and relieve childhood hunger.

The transplanted New Yorker opened his first pizzeria in Chicagoland in 1964.

Cardoz, 59, was a noted figure in New York City’s restaurant scene for decades.

The plan was revealed after BBQ Holdings, also the parent of Famous Dave’s, completed its $7.5 million acquisition of the brand.

The former Carrabba’s Italian Grill president will focus on digital, analytics and insights.

The onetime head of Lespinasse and Cafe Gray in New York City was a celebrity chef before the term was in vogue. He was in his mid-60s.

The former Sonic marketing executive has held several leadership positions with Applebee’s and Kraft.

The industry veteran will be charged with growing the barbecue concept.

Along with fellow Silver Plate winner Brandon Chrostowski, a fine-dining chef-turned-educator and trainer, the three are finalists for one of foodservice’s top honors, the Gold Plate Award.

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