Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Union Square exec to lead upstart Bartaco chain

Sabato Sagaria was formerly chief restaurant officer for Union Square Hospitality Group. He'll now head Barteca's 15-unit taco and tequila concept.


Fiesta Restaurant Group appoints new presidents

Newcomer, Charles “Chuck” Locke is now president of Taco Cabana and Fiesta Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Danny Meisenheimer has assumed the aditional role of Pollo Tropical president.

The chain has named a new CMO and CFO, and filled three other leadership positions.

Maxwell Piet shifts to the deli chain from another New York -style operation.

The current holder of that role—Scott Weisberg—is set to leave the brand early next year.

The quick-service chain’s CEO is stepping down after almost a decade in the job.

Randy Simon has been named CEO of the quick-service burger chain.

Summer Sims has been with the fast-casual chain for over 20 years.

Peter D'Amelio has also served as president of Cooper's Hawk and CEO of Matchbox.

The celebrity chef and TV star will assume operational responsibility, freeing Steve Ells to concentrate on his first brainchild, Chipotle.

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