Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe named Dan Simpson its new CEO. Simpson previously served as the restaurant’s chief innovation officer.

Richards is managing the chain’s flagship market in Birmingham, Ala., and will continue to lead Taziki’s culinary research and development and the HOPE program, Taziki’s signature charity. The HOPE Program began after Richards decided to get more involved with special needs education. His restaurants have always employed those with special needs, but he realized they needed more opportunities.

Taziki’s has 83 restaurants across 16 states. The company hopes to grow to 100 units by 2019.