Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Paris Baguette taps industry vet for CMO

Pete Bell, who previously worked as marketing chief for Twin Peaks, will take over the post with the bakery-cafe chain.


Steve Layt succeeds Brad Blum as CEO of Brio, Bravo

Blum also resigned his post as chairman, but remains a co-owner of the polished-casual chains.

The fast-casual pizza chain has ambitious growth plans.

Boka Restaurant Group— which won the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurateur—operates nearly 20 one-off restaurants, bars and coffee shops and has almost 2,000 employees. Here’s how a little luck, lots of hard work and, importantly, thoughtful team-building created a restaurant empire.

Upward Projects hires a CFO and chief development officer as it works to expand its casual-dining concept.

The new leader comes from the family entertainment business, with deep experience in theme parks.

Tom Sterrett succeeds Bill Van Epps in the top job for New England Authentic Eats.

The veteran marketer and brand leader was cited for his focus on culture and emphasis on innovation that have helped the chain rebound.

Todd Madlener has been with the growing fast-casual chain since 2018.

The steakhouse chief took a different approach to highlighting her charge’s strategy. Gather around to hear the account.

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