Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Newk’s hires its 1st COO

Restaurant veteran Joe Pate will oversee operations for the fast-casual chain as it prepares to grow.


Del Taco hires industry vet as CMO

Tim Hackbardt, who worked for the chain from 1999 to 2003, will take over marketing efforts for the quick-service brand.

The longtime executive previously led KFC in the South Pacific.

Melvin Rodrigue, president and CEO of New Orleans-based Galatoire's Restaurants, is ready to get to work.

Justin Seamonds, formerly president of Dean & DeLuca, replaces Carl Segal, who had held the top post at the Mediterranean fast casual since 2014.

The multiconcept operator also added a new chief people officer.

Miller will remain CEO. Robert Verostek will move up to CFO, suicceedoing Wolfinger.

Industry vet Geoffrey Goodman will be charged with growing the Southern California pizza chain.

Galatoire’s longtime chief Melvin Rodrigue will assume the chairmanship, while Louisiana Restaurant Association chief Stan Harris will take the top spot at the Association's Educational Foundation.

His appointment follows the sale of Archer's previous charge, Houlihan's.

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