Tom Venetis Hired As Executive Director At ABC
There’s been a management change at Allied Buying Corp. Tom Venetis, a 24-year veteran of Edward Don & Co., has joined the buying group as its incoming executive director. He will succeed Tom Wilhelm, who will retire at the... »
Greg Wait, Salvajor Sales Chief, Passes Reins To Huston
Greg Wait, who spent 30 years as v.p.-sales and marketing at The Salvajor Co., is moving on. Amy Huston, director of sales, now will be leading the Kansas City, Mo., company’s sales team. Huston has been focused on dealer sales,... »
In Memoriam: Roy Hake
Roy Hake, a veteran of 36 years with Duke Mfg. Co., died May 28 at age 93. He joined the St. Louis manufacturer in 1948, after serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. Across five decades with the company, “Ask Roy!” became a... »
Wholesale Food Prices Jumped 1% In May; Menu Prices Continue To Rise
Maybe the much expected increases in food prices have finally arrived. Overall food prices at the wholesale level jumped 1% in May, according to calculations by the National Restaurant Association, the largest monthly gain since... »
Retrofitting Pays Off At Huddle House
Huddle House kitchens are still plating burgers and waffles, but refreshed dining rooms and exteriors are bringing in new business for the 400-unit, family-dining chain. The redesigned stores, sporting a more modern look and... »
Sun Capital Buys Johnny Rockets, May Be Selling Captain D’s
Southern California burger chain Johnny Rockets has a new owner. Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen might soon, too.
Sun Capital Partners, the parent company of Captain D’s, has acquired the 300-outlet Johnny Rockets; in the meantime,... »
NAFEM HQ To Hold CFSP Overview & Exam
With the Certified Foodservice Professional exam no longer being offered at the NAFEM or NRA shows, industry personnel should take advantage of an opportunity next month in Chicago. Each August, NAFEM headquarters in Chicago... »
NYC Restaurants Sue Over City’s Health Inspections
Forty restaurant owners in the Bronx have sued the city, calling the New York Health Department’s grading system unconstitutional and an unfair tax on small businesses.
In a $150 million lawsuit, the operators accuse health... »
Los Angeles County To Take Inspections Online
And the biggest county on the West Coast has some news about restaurant inspections as well. Beginning July 1, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department will go paperless and move to an all-electronic inspection... »
Fast-Casual Chains Add Table Service To Adapt To Zoning
It took an upgrade to table service for two Florida-based quick-service chains to get the thumbs-up to open their doors in Winter Park, Fla.
The city, near Orlando, agreed to zone in fast-casual concepts Firehouse Subs and... »
Ace Mart Opens Its 15th Superstore
Ace Mart Restaurant Supply opened its third Dallas location this week.
Paul Gustafson, president/owner of the family-owned dealership, said, “We hope this location will add convenience for our many existing customers in the... »
MUFES Theme: Capital Cost Vs. Life-Cycle Cost
What do you do when your customer really wants a high-end, high-efficiency piece of equipment—it’s the very best product for their needs—but they can’t afford it? Or, at least, don’t think they can.
The topic of initial capital... »
Expanded Texas Plant For Win-Holt Fabrication
Syosset, N.Y.-based Win-Holt Equipment Group is centralizing all of its U.S. custom stainless fabrication into an expanded facility in Dallas. Win-Fab production has been transferred to the Texas plant to allow the company better... »
FEDA Scholarships Available For CFSP, ServSafe Training
The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s Education Foundation is offering a limited number of scholarships for Certified Foodservice Professional and ServSafe certifications. The widely recognized designations are... »
Americold Appoints New EVP
Americold has appointed Todd Sheldon to a multi-hyphenated role at the company. Shelton has been named executive v.p., general counsel and corporate secretary. He reports to Pres./CEO Jeffrey Gault.Prior to joining Americold,... »
Rep Firm Adds Chef
Pecinka Ferri Associates has added Dave Noel to its sales team in the newly created position of corporate chef. Noel will be focused on specialty foodservice equipment sales for the Little Falls, N.J., manufacturer’s rep firm. »
CFESA Announces New Executive Director
The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association has appointed Heather Price as its new executive director. Price assumes the association’s first in-house position, created last month when CFESA’s board of directors elected... »
AHF Honors Cate And Parker At Annual Conference
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice bestowed its highest honors on past-president Denisa Cate and long-time Industry Advisory Board member and committee activist Cindy Parker June 8 at the awards banquet that concluded the... »
NRA’s Performance Index Rose Again In April
Restaurant operators are apparently getting over the jitters many had in the first quarter. Fueled by gains in all four components of the Expectations Index, as well as improved current same-store sales and traffic, the National... »
Biel To Helm Marketing At Scotsman Ice
Scotsman Ice Systems has appointed Jeff Biel as director of marketing. Biel had been product manager for the company for more than seven years; prior to joining the Vernon Hills, Ill., firm, he served as product manager for seven... »
Blendtec Taps Hinckley For Sales Post
Blendtec has tapped Scott Hinckley as its new commercial sales director. Hinckley has worked with Blendtec as a consultant for the past six months and will transition into leading efforts in sales force development, sales rep... »
NPD Forecasts Flat Restaurant Traffic For 2013; Traffic Steady In First Quarter
In spite of inclement weather and an atypical surge in gasoline prices in the first quarter this year, restaurant traffic was even with the first quarter 2012, according the latest data from The NPD Group. The research firm... »
Chipotle’s ShopHouse Getting Bigger In L.A., D.C.
It’s a four-unit rollout for Chipotle Mexican Grill’s ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen concept in the Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles markets. Two units are under construction in Hollywood and Santa Monica; two more should... »
Fatburger Stays Globally Focused
Fatburger is not slimming down. The Beverly Hills, Calif.-based chain has agreements for more than 300 new units in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and has inked a 25-unit deal to debut in India. Nearly half of the... »
Manitowoc Foodservice Breaks Ground For New Cleveland Facility
Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking is putting down stronger roots in Cleveland. The company broke ground recently on a new 30,000-sq.-ft. facility there, which the company will complete later this year. The expanded... »
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