New Owners for Wetzel Pretzels, Jimmy John’s and Baja Fresh/La Salsa; Elite Alumn Dining in Boston; Personnel Moves and More

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FlashNews from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

September 14, 2016


Stero and Somat Equipment Add Sales Rep Groups FE&S FlashNews

Stero, a warewashing systems provider, and Somat Company, a waste management solutions company, added two new sales rep groups: PBAC & Associates and Premier Marketing Group.


UMass Club Delivers High-End Elite Dining FE&S FlashNews

An ambitious menu and breathtaking 360-degree views of this New England city and its surroundings provide club members and guests with a memorable dining experience.


This Week in Foodservice: The Restaurant of the Future, a new Concept – Doughbird – From Sam Fox, Chipotle Three Ways and More FE&S FlashNews

FE&S blogger Jerry Stiegler examines news that’s worth another look: Deloitte talks about the restaurant of the future (it’s closer than we might think); The Food Institute says food-away-from-home spending climbed significantly in 2014; Sam Fox to introduce concept No.16 – Doughbird; and Chipotle makes the news with three different stories.


Wetzel’s Pretzels Ownership Changes
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CenterOak Partners has acquired fresh-baked pretzel chain Wetzel's Pretzels, operator of 305 soft pretzel stores. Bill Phelps will continue as CEO of the Pasadena, Calif.-based chain; Rick Wetzel, who founded the brand with Phelps, will serve on the board of directors.


Jimmy John’s Sells Majority Interest FE&S FlashNews

Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group bolsters its restaurant portfolio with the fast-casual sandwich concept Jimmy John’s Sandwiches.


New Owners for Baja Fresh, La Salsa FE&S FlashNews

Canadian-based MTY Food Group extends its U.S. restaurant portfolio with the acquisition of BF Acquisition Holdings LLC, namely Baja Fresh Mexican Grill and La Salsa Mexican Grill restaurants. The transaction, estimated at $27 million, should close in the next 30 days.


CHG Acquires Food Service Parts FE&S FlashNews

Component Hardware Group has acquired the hardware and related business of Food Service Parts, located in Garden Grove, Calif. FSP, also known as John S. Dull and Associates, has supplied CHG branded parts to the to the commercial foodservice and plumbing markets throughout the western regions of the United States.


Kneaders Bakery & Café Names New Chief Operating Officer FE&S FlashNews

Fast-casual restaurant chain Kneaders Bakery & Café promoted Neil Checketts to COO. For the past year Checketts has served as Kneaders’ vice president of food safety and quality assurance.


Antunes Names Dan Hartlein President FE&S FlashNews

Dan Hartlein was named president of Antunes, a Carol Stream, Ill.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. Glenn Bullock remains CEO.


Martin Cowley Joins Ricca Design Studios FE&S FlashNews

Ricca Design Studios has hired Martin Cowley to serve as executive director, design and technical support for the international culinary design and consulting firm.


Roy Rogers’ Parent Company Personnel Changes FE&S FlashNews

Kevin Demeritt was named director of procurement and Martin J. "MJ" Worsham was named corporate network manager for The Plamondon Companies, which owns Roy Rogers Restaurants and a handful of hotel properties.

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