Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


WFF co-founder and former RB editor Peter Berlinski dies at age 72

The original “righteous brother” brought together a group of female foodservice executives for a story. They saw the need to become the Women’s Foodservice Forum.


Milwaukee’s Joe Bartolotta dies at age 60

Along with his brother, Paul, Bartolotta built a namesake foodservice empire that extended to 10 restaurants, catering operations and a contract management business.

Olivier Poirot will assume leadership of the contract company in North America.

Chip Wade, a longtime ops specialist for Darden Restaurants, will take the job next month.

The industry veteran will oversee franchise operations for the taco concept.

The industry would likely be better off with a dead horse than this dark one. But it's the sort of loser operators could get if they sit on the sidelines.

The new executives, both promoted from within, will aid in the family chain’s expansion, headquarters said.

With more than 1,000 executives in attendance, some surprising trends could be gleaned from the presentations and casual conversations. Here are four that might have turned a keen listener’s head.

The company also said that industry veteran George Condos has joined its board of directors.

A brand’s maturity doesn’t have to equate to obsolescence, according to several of the industry’s oldest brands. At the Restaurant Leadership Conference, they and several middle-aged chains explained how they do it.