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Blaze Pizza

Operations

Blaze Pizza adjusts to running two restaurants in one

The fast casual, which did the majority of its business in-restaurant before the pandemic, is navigating the new reality amid a tight labor market.

Leadership

Blaze Pizza hires Brad Reynolds as CFO

Blaze Pizza hires Brad Reynolds as CFO. Reynolds most recently served as COO of multiconcept ghost kitchen operator C3.

Demery previously worked with Blaze CEO Mandy Shaw at Bloomin’ Brands.

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These chains, which had largely relied on dine-in business before the crisis, are playing catch-up with quick-service brands.

Parties and trick-or-treating may be a no-go this year, but operators are scaring up fun activities and menu items to make up for it.

Vince Szwajkowski, formerly of ArcLight Cinemas, and Rick Gestring, a Dunkin’ Brands vet, will join other recent additions to the fast casual’s C-suite.

Chains are establishing new roles and responsibilities as dining rooms reopen.

A number of prominent restaurant industry executives decided in 2019 to kick back and savor their success. Here’s a sampling.

Shaw, previously the fast-casual chain’s CFO, takes over for Jim Mizes, who retired in August.

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