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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


RB Reality Check: My conversation with Howard Schultz

Long before he was a potential candidate for the Oval Office, the force behind Starbucks provided an up-close indication of what he was like when the cameras aren't recording. Here's that personal recollection.


Jayson Tipp named CEO of Pincho Factory

Co-founder Otto Othman will expand his role and while co-founder Nedal Ahmad will transition into a new role.

Company founder Anthony Ackil is stepping down to spend time with his family and focus on “his next chapter in life.”

He turned an old Taco Bell into one of the fastest-growing chains in the country.

Kim Boerema, formerly of California Pizza Kitchen, takes the top spot at the regional brewpub chain.

Still, he refuses to say whether he’ll follow the predicted path: running for office.

Mike O’Donnell will cede his duties as CEO of Ruth’s Hospitality Group on Aug. 10.

The announcement, which Schultz made in a memo to employees today, is likely to stoke speculation that the Starbucks chairman will run for the presidency of the United States.

This year’s Gold Plate Award recipient is Rafi Taherian, associate vice president, Yale Hospitality, Yale University.

Brennan, known as Miss Ella, was a major figure in New Orleans’ famed restaurant scene for more than 70 years.

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