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Marc Buehler named president of CraftWorks group

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Casual-dining veteran Marc Buehler has left his job as CEO of Dick’s Last Resort to become president of the brewery and specialty restaurant group of CraftWorks Holdings, with responsibility for Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, among other beer-focused concepts.  

His other charges include Chophouse, A1A Ale Works, Big River Grill, Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill and Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery.

He reports to CraftWorks CEO Hazem Ouf, along with Scott Moore, president of CraftWorks' Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom division, and Tim Kaliher, president of its Logan's Roadhouse chain.

Buehler has overseen a number of venerable full-service chains that were striving for a rejuvenation, including Lone Star Steakhouse, O’Charley’s, Champps, Kona Grill and Fox & Hound Restaurant Group. He was CEO of 14-unit Dick’s Last Resort for a little over two years, according to Buehler’s LinkedIn page.

“Marc’s impressive background of driving organizational change and leading restaurant brands through various growth stages makes him exactly the right leader to help scale and fulfill our mission to deliver a perfectly crafted experience for our guests each and every visit,” said Hazem Ouf, the CEO of CraftWorks.

O’Charley’s was also a previous charge of Ouf, the former CEO of American Blue Ribbon Holdings.

Ouf joined CraftWorks last year after the company acquired 204-unit Logan’s, which he had served as CEO. 

Craftworks’ holdings extend to about 400 casual-dining restaurants, many with a brewery component. Its lesser-known brands include Sing Sing, a singalong piano concept.

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