Focus Brands has hired Guillermo Cremer as chief people officer. The parent company of such brands as Schlotzsky's, Auntie Anne's, Carvel and Jamba has also promoted Joe Guith to category president for restaurant brands.
Former Dunkin' Brands executive Jeremy Vitaro is now chief development officer at Little Caesars. Vitaro will oversee global growth as Little Caesars plans new locations in Florida, as well as the UK, Portugal and Russia.
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Streamlined service, proper equipment, beauty and comfort are keys to outdoor restaurant service, operators say. "Effective training is key here, and having a team who can safely deliver these experiences is vital," says Chris Saenz, general manager of a Seattle restaurant.
Digital infrastructure and supply chain capabilities bolstered Inspire Brands through 2020, when it acquired Dunkin' amid the COVID-19 crisis, say CEO Paul Brown and Navin Sharma, chief commercial services officer. The company's experience during the pandemic "really validates that thesis of multi-branding," Brown says.
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Nathan's Famous is planning to expand through a partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands, which operates multiple-brand pickup and delivery facilities. A large number of the units will be inside Walmart stores.
An atomic-wing-eating competition between two CEOs has generated $20,000 for their chosen charities. When Wingstop's Charlie Morrison won, Tropical Smoothie Cafe's Charles Watson donated $10,000 to Cristo Rey Fort Worth College Prep in Texas, and Morrison matched it with $10,000 for Maine's Camp Sunshine.
California's Right to Return law forces hotels, airport hospitality businesses, janitorial employers and event centers to offer jobs to the workers they laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic when they begin hiring. The law doesn't address stand-alone restaurants but does affect those connected to event centers, hotels and airports.
A sample application and guide to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are available on the program's website. The Small Business Administration advises restaurants be ready to apply as soon as the funding round begins.