Foodservice News & Trends

Breaking news for the full foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel. Includes information on dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators spanning leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, trends, data and much more.

Private Equity Firm Buys Majority of Fuzzy’s Tacos

NRD Capital Management, a franchisee-sponsored and managed equity investment fund, purchased a majority position in Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, a 90-unit Fort Worth, Texas-based brand. NRD had previously made a similar investment in Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants.

Pizza Inn Names Bafundo President

Bob Bafundo is the new president of Pizza Inn, a restaurant chain owned by multi-concept operator Rave Restaurant Group. A 30-plus year veteran of the restaurant industry, Bafundo most recently served as president of Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill.

Brinker Taps Restaurant Industry Veteran for Innovation Role

Former KFC president Cywinski to assume executive position with the multi-concept operator.

Bargreen Ellingson Opens New Maui Location

Foodservice equipment and supplies dealer Bargreen Ellingson opened a new 12,000 square foot location in Maui.

Culinary Advisors Updates its Roster

Foodservice design firm Culinary Advisors promoted Suzanne Bahr to senior project manager and hired Laura Lentz to serve as a senior designer.

Ellis Joins Ruby Tuesday as Chief Development Role

Ruby Tuesday appointed Mike Ellis to serve as chief development officer for the casual dining chain.

Trend: African Food

African flavors topped the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 What’s Hot list, trending at 62 percent, above Latin American, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian flavors. As a “mover and shaker,” African flavors saw a 20 percent jump in popularity from 2015 to 2016.

STACKED: Food Well Built Opens in California’s Orange County

Casual dining concept STACKED: Food Well Built opened a new location in Huntington Beach, Calif. The architecture and interior design of STACKED-Huntington Beach combine industrial elements of metal and concrete along with reclaimed wood. A medley of colored glass in yellows, oranges, and ambers on the façade bring a sunnier element.

Heath Joins Ted’s Montana Grill

Jeff Heath was named vice president of operations for Ted’s Montana Grill.

Hurricane Grill & Wings Names Richardson COO

Former McAlister’s Deli executive joins the full-service restaurant company.

Unified Brands Names New Sales Manager for Restaurant Chains

Multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer Unified Brands promoted Jim Wernette to chain account sales manager.