Foodservice Equipment Reports

Thirty-Two Red Robin Stores Back In Corporate Nest

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, in the midst of an internal restructuring, has completed its acquisition of 32 franchised units in the U.S. and Canada.

The 14 U.S. restaurants are located in Illinois, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Eighteen Canadian restaurants are located in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. The company plans to maintain its office in Vancouver, B.C.

The nearly 500-unit chain’s operational restructuring includes streamlining the executive organization. Red Robin has eliminated the COO position, held by Eric Houseman, who also holds the title of president; he will exit the chain next month. The Greenwood Village, Colo., chain does not plan to appoint a new president, but will hire at least one senior v.p. of operations, who will report to CEO Steve Carley. Houseman is the chain’s second recently announced departure. Todd Brighton, the chain’s chief development officer and a senior v.p., submitted his resignation last month.

Red Robin has been undergoing a brand transformation that has included a revamp of the menu, service improvements and a remodel package.