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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


The challenges of stepping up in the family business

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.


Toni Bianco becomes COO of Cicis

Bianco previously served as president and COO of Fatburger.

Danowitz previously worked in operations for Mellow Mushroom.

The pizza chain also named Sherri Landry chief marketing officer.

Melissa Heidman was promoted to general counsel of the fast-casual chain.

Restaurants are open to the public, and if someone really wants to know what you’re up to, they will, Advice Guy says.

John Karangis, the Union Square Hospitality Group’s executive catering chef, will assume the new post.

Grismer, currently the finance head of Hyatt Hotels, takes over for Scott Maw, who is retiring.

The last two weeks have brought a slew of new laws that affect the restaurant industry. Here’s a look, a sort of pre-Halloween scare.

The former Friendly’s CEO jumps to the fast-casual pizza chain.

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