Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Restaurant leader of the year: Danny Meyer

He’s built an empire putting employees first. Now that Danny Meyer has taken Shake Shack public, will shareholders be OK with staying in the backseat?


Paul Brown: The Listener

Finding a turnaround course for Arby’s was easy for its new ceo. All he did was ask.

The parent company of O’Charley’s and Village Inn has appointed family-dining veteran Craig Barber as president, with oversight of 474 restaurants and franchise rights to 96 more.

The new position comes as the company works to expand technology efforts and its global presence.

Innovative restaurant executives look to these sources for inspiration.

Edie Ames previously helmed The Counter and Built Custom Burgers.

The finance veteran has been with the chain since 2000.

Restaurants are looking to a behemoth outside the industry as a prime source of inspiration.

The CEO of the company that operates Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's will offer her perspective on key economic, government and consumer issues during a special session aimed specifically at senior restaurant executives.

Among the pieces of free advice offered on the first official day of the NRA Show were recommendations from a panel of fast-casual chain executives on fostering leadership. Here are some of the inexpensive ways they suggested to improve a chain’s consumer research, real estate prowess, financial performance and other functions.

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