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Patrick Grismer Starbucks CFO: Eatery Pulse Streem
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National Restaurant Association forges equity deal with Technomic parent for NRA Show oversight

According to an announcement from Technomic, its parent, Winsight LLC, has forged a new deal with the National Restaurant Association, expanding its penetration of the foodservice information services market in the U.S. The agreement for an undisclosed amount will hand over operational oversight of the National Restaurant Association Show to Winsight, and the Association will gain an advisory board seat and an equity partnership with Winsight.

STK Restaurants: Eatery Pulse Streem

The One Group Hospitality hires two senior executives, taps Celeste Fierro for VP of Special Events role

The One Group Hospitality, Inc. has transitioned Celeste Fierro to the new vice president of Special Events position as it leverages her special event expertise and hires two new executives. The One Group oversees the STK restaurant chain, a hip, high-energy steakhouse concept. The new executives joining The One Group are Connie Collins, named vice president of Operations and Global Training, and Tyler Loy, who has joined the team in a newly-created position, taking on the vice president of Strategy and Measurement role.

Lyle Tick New President of Buffalo Wild Wings: Eatery Pulse Streem

Inspire Brands taps new president for Buffalo Wild Wings chain

Buffalo Wild Wings new president is Lyle Tick, a marketer, advertiser and merchandise executive with a deep repertoire across several retail brands and marketing agencies. Parent company Inspire Brands made the announcement... after the acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings by Arby’s Restaurant Group, closely-held by Roark Capital at the time. 1,200-unit Buffalo Wild Wings and the Atlanta-based Inspire Brands executive team are looking for a big turnaround

Fiesta Restaurant Group: Eatery Pulse Streem

Fiesta Restaurant Group taps Jackie Swift-Kurkjian as senior director, Off-Premise Consumption

Fiesta Restaurant Group, parent of Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical, announced that Jackie Swift-Kurkjian has joined the company as senior director of Off-Premise Consumption. In this role, she will lead the efforts to build the catering, online and delivery sales channels at Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. Her role will help the brands leverage new information systems, resources and people as part of Fiesta’s Strategic Renewal Plan.

Ruth’s Hospitality posts strong Q2 sales, lower food costs, as Cheryl Henry assumes CEO post

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, the operator of the fine-dining Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain, reported Q2 2018 results, posting total revenue of $103.5 million, up 9.6 percent from last year. Company-operated stores posted comparable sales growth of 1.3 percent from last year, comprising a 0,1 percent decrease in traffic, offset by a 1.4 percent increase in average check. Net income rose to $9.6M, compared to $7.8M in the same period last year. .. The three buckets for the 2.0 remodel initiative are brand, capacity and bar changes. Those remodels that have addressed capacity are the most opportunistic remodels and have played a role in sales performance, noted Haak.

Papa John's Large Pizza: Eatery Pulse

Papa John’s takes further action to distance itself from founder John Schnatter

John H. Schnatter. It will no longer sublease office space to Schnatter. This follows the resignation of the former chairman and his removal as spokesperson for the the company, which had already been announced—his Founder Agreement, had already been terminated by the same committee... Papa John’s announced Shnatter’s removal from advertising following use of "N" word.

Starbucks CFO to Retire: Eatery Pulse

Starbucks CFO to retire amid major developments at coffeehouse giant

Starbucks will see its chief financial officer, Scott Maw, retire November 30. Maw started with the company as global controller in 2011 and later was promoted to senior vice president of corporate finance. Maw has a background in insurance and financial services, and is a graduate of Gonzaga University.

PIncho Factory: Eatery Pulse News

Pincho Factory promotes Jayson Tipp to CEO

PIncho Factory has named Jayson Tipp, chief executive officer, effective immediately. Pincho Factory serves Latin-inspired kebabs and hamburgers, and currently has five locations, with plans to add 10 stores in the Washington, D.C. market.