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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Wahlburgers names industry vet John Fuller CEO

Fuller most recently served as president and CEO of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.


Don’t ask Chipotle’s CEO about the ‘new normal’

RB’s Restaurant Leader of the Year Brian Niccol says innovation—not complacency—will drive restaurant brands forward post-pandemic.

The agenda will focus on 10 key areas of the restaurant business that are rapidly evolving: consumer experience; off-premise; labor; safety, sanitation and security; technology; supply chain; finance; menu evolution; engagement/loyalty; and operations.

Luz, a former Kraft Heinz executive, will oversee marketing, culinary, digital, and strategy/insights for the fast-casual chain.

Willman was previously a large Qdoba Mexican Grill franchisee.

But at a meeting with industry representatives yesterday, the president kept pushing business-meal deductibility as a better route to prosperity.

Miller, a 25-year veteran of the fast-casual chain, will work closely with the company’s new owner, Engage Brands.

Former Sysco CEO Tom Bene will assume the job on June 1.

Carr previously was executive vice president and chief procurement officer for Starbucks.

The longtime Jersey Mike’s CEO is proving Springsteen isn’t the only New Jersey local with a rock ’n’ roll mindset.

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