Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Kona Grill names Marcus Jundt and Steve Schussler co-CEOS

Jundt, a Kona Grill founder, and Schussler, who founded Rainforest Cafe, take over the top post from Jim Kuhn.


Chanticleer Holdings names former Karl Strauss exec as president

Fred Glick becomes president of the company behind Little Big Burger, American Burger Co. and others.

Claudia San Pedro will lead the company after it is sold to Inspire Brands.

Dave Pickens, a former president of Olive Garden, will also serve as COO.

The awards recognize the globe’s best in partnership, growth, innovation and giving back.

The casual-dining operator has hired a new CMO, CFO and ops specialist.

Benjamin “Todd” Coutee, a longtime exec with the brand, gets promoted.

Tim Doherty was named the president and COO in May of the restaurant company his father started and built into one of the industry’s largest franchise operations. Like a lot of second-generation leaders of a family business, he found the job has its own set of challenges and joys.

An activist investor wants a selloff of Carrabba’s, Bonefish and Fleming’s.

Bianco previously served as president and COO of Fatburger.