Restaurant Leadership Conference News

Donna Josephson of Shipley Do-Nuts, Frank Paci of Newk’s and Andre Vener of Dog Haus share their strategies for success.

The fast-casual chain is launching a new coalition with non-profits to broadly expand job placement and support for the previously incarcerated and workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Bottom Line: After a year of brutal inflation, operators worry that consumers will change their spending. But data at the moment remains inconclusive.

The once-struggling sandwich chain is now in growth mode, Chidsey said in a wide-ranging interview at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. He expects a deal to be done by May or June.

Restaurant marketers bring to leadership a guest-first mindset, a certain fearlessness and an understanding that brand essence can include butt-burning sauce.

The Mexican fast-food chain was doing pretty well when King took over as CEO in 2019, even though he had no experience in restaurants or franchising. Then, the 2023 Restaurant Business Restaurant Leader of the Year pushed the company to do even better.

The Mexican fast-food chain thrived under his leadership in 2022, thanks to some big marketing wins and the concept of “restless creativity.”