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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Rosa Mexicano hires Jim Dunn as CEO

The former Alshaya Group VP will help the six-unit chain open more locations as it comes off a brand refresh.


Former Bloomin’ Brands CEO Bill Allen is now chairman of Founders Table

Allen will head the board of directors of the group that includes Chopt Creative Salad Company and Dos Toros Taqueria.

She is leaving the seafood chain after less than a year and gave no reason for her departure.

Meanwhile, Starbucks Workers United continues to win converts, with at least 10 stores unionized and nearly another 200 asking for a vote.

The chain also added a VP of franchise sales and a director of loyalty as it continues its rapid expansion.

The former Fogo de Chao CIO is the latest executive hire under new CEO Kelli Valade.

Mayer had been with the chain for more than seven years, most of which were spent as CMO.

Robillard joined the barbecue chain a year ago as VP of marketing. She spearheaded the chain's "Masters of Meat" campaign and led a revamp of the beverage program.

The National Restaurant Association and the Independent Restaurant Coalition both pushed for more aid to help the industry during the pandemic. But differing styles and disagreements between the two may have hampered the effort.

The restaurant veteran will take over at the emerging chain after starting as COO last year.

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