Leadership

Applebee's vet Elizabeth McGee joins Ruby Restaurant Group as COO

She will oversee HR and F&B innovation in addition to day-to-day ops at the parent of Ruby Slipper and Ruby Sunshine Café.
Photo courtesy of Ruby Restaurant Group

Longtime Applebee’s veteran Elizabeth McGee has been hired by the parent of the Ruby Slipper Café and Ruby Sunshine Café daytime dining chains as COO.

Ruby Restaurant Group said McGee is now responsible for day-to-day restaurant operations, human resources and food and beverage innovation.

McGee has spent about 25 years in casual dining, including time as COO, CFO and VP of human relations for Apple Gold Group, one of Applebee’s large franchise groups. She has also served as VP of company operations for Dine Brands, the franchisor of Applebee’s and IHOP.

“Adding a leader with the experience of Elizabeth positions our brands for accelerated growth at the highest level” Ruby Restaurant Group CEO Peter Gaudreau said in a statement. “Elizabeth’s proven track record of building high performing teams and her operational expertise is industry leading, and we are very excited to add her passion for people and operations.”

Ruby’s two chains extend to more than 20 locations in six states. Its restaurants specialize in brunch.   

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