Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Greg Flynn: The modern franchisee

The size of his operations dwarfs all other franchises (and many restaurant parent companies, as well). Yet Flynn relishes his role as franchising’s poster boy—and he’s the best in the business at it.


Union Square exec to lead upstart Bartaco chain

Sabato Sagaria was formerly chief restaurant officer for Union Square Hospitality Group. He'll now head Barteca's 15-unit taco and tequila concept.

The 57-year-old entrepreneur was reportedly worried about overdue tax payments and an overtime pay lawsuit.

The former Ruby Tuesday executive will take over for the retired G.J. Hart.

One of the wings chain's largest franchisees says the repair work is already starting, and it's delighted with what's happening.

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Casual steak and salad-bar chain Sizzler is on the cusp of a comeback and it’s due in part to Gary and Sally Myers, who throughout their nearly 30-year history as Sizzler franchisees have led more than they’ve followed.

Owner Doug Sohn is hanging up his apron (actually, it’s a t-shirt) this October after 14 years behind the counter.

Average annual sales at Portillo’s, which began as a hot dog stand in a suburban Chicago parking lot, today sit at about $8.5 million per store at newer units.

Jim Lebs is the latest addition to the fast casual’s executive team.

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