October 5, 2016
Danny Meisenheimer Named Interim CEO/President of Fiesta Restaurant Group
Danny Meisenheimer was named interim CEO and president of Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc., following the Sept. 30 retirement of Tim Taft. The company announced it will hold off on the planned Taco Cabana separation and new Pollo Tropical sites in Texas while it re-evaluates its strategic plan.
Larkburger Names New CEO
Larkburger tapped Todd Coerver to serve as CEO of the Denver-based fast-casual burger chain. In addition, Ned Grace, Larkburger board member and founder of The Capital Grille, will serve as the company’s new chairman of the board.
Chefs’ Toys Opens Seventh Location
Chefs’ Toys opened its first San Diego location. The Southern California-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership now operates seven locations.
This Week In Foodservice: More than Half of Restaurant Operators Report Sales Drop in August; Low-Income Areas Pay Off for Starbucks; and Ten Restaurants that Changed America
FE&S blogger Jerry Stiegler adds his insight into a weekly roundup of top foodservice stories.
Manitowoc Updates Leadership Team
Manitowoc Foodservice announced that Gary Dykstra, vice president sales buying groups, will retire from his role of leading the company’s business with USA Buying Groups at the end of 2016. Manitowoc appointed Chris Karssiens to serve as senior vice present sales for USA Buying Groups and will replace Dykstra in this role. Click on full story for additional personnel changes.
Lonestar Updates Business Development Team
LoneStar Restaurant Supply, a Texas-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, hired Claude Brewer and Cecelia Perez to serve as business development managers.
Stero and Somat Update Rep Groups
Stero warewashing equipment and Somat waste management solutions added ECHO Food Service Marketing to its network of independent manufacturers' reps.