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Mooyah appoints a new president and COO

Tony Darden replaces Michael Mabry, who left the burger chain to head development at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.

Fast-casual chain Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes has named a former Taco Bueno executive as president and chief operating officer.

Tony Darden previously served as chief operating officer for Taco Bueno and spent more than a decade at Panera Bread and 15 years at Bennigan’s.

“Tony is a great fit for the culture at Mooyah and his experience growing heavy-hitting brands like Panera will be instrumental in driving Mooyah forward in its next phase of growth,” Anand Gala, CEO and chairman of Mooyah, said in a press release.

Tony Darden

Tony Darden

The 92-unit, Dallas-based better-burger concept’s former president, Michael Mabry, who led Mooyah for nearly a decade, went to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop last month to serve as its first chief development officer.

Darden joins other recent hires at Mooyah, including a new director of supply chain, a real estate and development manager and a construction project manager.

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