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PJW Restaurant Group names a new CEO

Jim Fris had served as COO for the company, which operates P.J. Whelihan’s Pub and others.
PJW Restaurant Group

PJW Restaurant Group, the New Jersey-based company that operates P.J. Whelihan’s Pub and several other concepts, has a new CEO.

Jim Fris, the group’s current chief operating officer, takes over the top spot from founder Bob Platzer. Platzer becomes executive chairman and will stay involved in concept development, real estate ventures and philanthropy.

“Stepping into a new role with greater freedom to motivate and inspire our team is the next logical step for me,” Platzer said in a news release. “The time is right as our foundation is strong.”

Fris will be charged with opening new units, innovating the brand and investing in current locations.

PJW Restaurant Group was founded in 1983 and currently operates 22 units, including P.J. Whelihan’s, steak and seafood concept The ChopHouse, casual Italian eatery Treno Pizza Bar, and craft beer tavern The Pour House. The company is slated to open two new concepts in coming months, Central Taco and Tequila and ChopHouse Grille.

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