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Focus Brands CEO Jim Holthouser gets a tough introduction to restaurants

The former Hilton executive, who took the job two weeks before the pandemic hit, leans on his hotel experience, and sees parallels between the two industries.


Fast casuals take on dinner

Family meals, popular and profitable now, may be here to stay for some concepts.

Tory Bartlett was named chief operating officer and brand lead of Schlotzsky’s

The former CMO of Cheesecake and Noodles & Co. is joining fellow Schlotzsky’s alumnus Kelly Roddy to facilitate expansion.

Coding was inserted into the servers of Moe’s, McAlister’s and Schlotzsky’s to copy credit card information while on-premise transactions were being processed.

Here are some predictions from this week’s FSTEC conference.

Beto Guajardo brings deep strategic-planning and international experience to the post.

Get Top 500 data: sales, units and YOY change, average unit volume, and company/franchise units, as well as Technomic’s analysis, growth forecast and more.

Overhauled units have seen sales rise an average of 9%, according to its president.

Eschewing simplicity and a smaller footprint, Focus Brands’ sandwich specialist is calling attention to its scratch prep and Texas roots.

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