Silverstein remains a director of the company he launched in 1994 with the opening of a Not Your Average Joe’s in Dartmouth, Mass. He will also serve as a consultant, and has purchased the original store as a personal holding. It remains a Not Your Average Joe’s.
“It is time for Not Your Average Joe’s to transition from being founder-led,” Silverstein said in a statement. “ I couldn’t be more pleased than to turn the reins over to Peter.”
Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. is a major stakeholder in the chain. The chain consists of 22 high-volume restaurants along the Eastern corridor of the U.S., with most concentrated in New England.
D’Amelio joined the operation in September as president, assuming many day-to-day responsibilities from Silverstein. He has held the CEO’s job at a number of casual and small limited-service chains, most recently at Matchbox Food Group, the Washington, D.C.-based parent of the Matchbox wood-fired pizza chain.
Earlier, he served as president and COO for Cooper’s Hawk, the regional polished-casual chain, and spent 18 years at Cheesecake, including five as president.