Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Applebee’s names new chief operations officer

The chain has promoted its vice president of operations.


Wingstop names Larry Kruguer COO

The promotion will enable Kruguer to integrate the chain’s U.S. and international operations.

The company also promoted Corey Horsch to CFO and elected a new director.

A federal judge has cleared the way for the president to be sued for alleged undue advantages in his restaurant and banquet operations.

Restaurant operators gathered in Phoenix to share lessons, best practices and more with their peers. If you didn't make it to this year's Restaurant Leadership Conference, here's a few learnings you might have missed.

If Marcus Luttrell had merely qualified to be a Navy SEAL, served in an Afghani hot zone or written two best-selling books, he'd have an inspiring story to tell. But the drama doesn't end there, as moviegoers are learning from the hit film based on his life, "Lone Survivor." It's the story attendees will hear from Luttrell himself at this year's Restaurant Leadership Conference.

Hazem Ouf shares a mistake turned learning experience, laughable moment and the best advice he’s been given.

Restaurant Business asked chain restaurant executives what they do every time they step off the plane to make sure these visits are valuable.

Brian Livingston is returning to the company after leaving in 2014.

The drinks and doughnuts chain also named a new COO.

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