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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Culver’s names Rick Silva CEO

The former Checkers and Rally’s chief executive will take over management of the Wisconsin-based burger concept.


Martha Stewart joins BurgerFi’s board

Calling her the “original influencer,” the fast-casual burger chain said Stewart will collaborate directly with its chef in her role as chair of the Product & Innovation Committee.

The two will split the duties held by the late Arne Sorenson.

Industry veteran Jim Esposito, formerly of Panera and Burger King, will lead operations at the better-burger brand.

You won’t want to miss what Brian Niccol, Greg Creed, Greg Flynn, Ron Shaich have to say in a first time reunion of past Restaurant Leader of the Year recipients, selected by the editors of Restaurant Business.

Register now for “Straight Talk from Successful Black Business Leaders: How We Got Started. How We Grew. What Comes Next,” on Feb. 24.

The chain-restaurant pioneer was 106.

HIs passing comes two weeks after stepping up treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Richard Bundy is the latest addition to the chain’s C-suite.

Thomas Negrel was previously VP of finance for Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery, which was purchased by C3 late last year.

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