Steve’s breakdown: We love 1st CMOs because they always have big plans and goals. Plus this one is the brother of the COO. Look Out!
WEST LAKE VILLAGE, CA: Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill has named Steven Goldstein as its first chief marketing officer, the company said Thursday.
An industry veteran with 35 years of experience, Goldstein has spent the past nine years with San Francisco-based restaurant consulting group The Culinary Edge, where he headed business
Steve’s breakdown: Fatz Cafe is the restaurant, Jim Mazany is the new president and just one look at their creative will have you calling with a new campaign.
TAYLORS, SC: Fatz Cafe parent Cafe Enterprises Inc. has named Jim Mazany, former president of Joe’s Crab Shack, its next president and CEO, the casual-dining operator said Monday.
Mazany is a 30-year industry veteran who has also held senior leadership roles at TGI Fridays and Applebee’s. He takes
Steve’s breakdown: Mears was most recently CMO of Noodles & Company so you might want to give them a ring too.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR: Slim Chickens has named Mark Mears chief marketing officer, the fast-casual operator said Monday.
Mears is taking over marketing duties from Greg Smart, co-founder and chief brand officer of the Fayetteville, Ark.-based chain.
Mears was most recently CMO of Noodles & Company. Before that, he held the CMO role at Schlotzsky’s. He also has served as president and chief concept officer
Steve’s breakdown: Do ya love brainstorming huge issues. Well, McDonald’s has a doozy with this creepy clown crisis & Ronald. For now, they are just taking the character out of circulation but what happens later.
We think it’s worth thinking about and presenting your ideas to the company.
OAK BROOK, IL: Ronald McDonald is hanging up his giant red shoes until the global clown crisis dies down.
Golden Arches brass said their friendly, red-headed mascot won’t
Steve’s breakdown: Zoe’s Kitchen has some stock market issues but bringing in an experienced marketer could help. Maybe better advertising could help even more.
PLANO, TX: There’s a new executive tasked with getting the word out when it comes to Zoe’s Kitchen. The fast-casual chain specializing in Mediterranean cuisine announced on Monday afternoon that Casey Shilling has been tapped to serve as its new chief marketing officer. Shilling comes from The Container Store, another consumer-facing concept that is presently out of
Steve’s breakdown: They actually say that the new CMO will be doing a more substantial marketing push because of the 90th. As far as we can see, they do not have an AOR.
WASHINGTON, DC: Palm Restaurant Group has named Karen LuKanic chief marketing officer, the company said Thursday.
For LuKanic, it’s a return to the parent of The Palm steakhouse chain. She worked for the company as a sales manager at The Palm restaurant in
Steve’s breakdown: Back in late June we told our members that Chipotle’s Hail Mary loyalty program wasn’t going to work and that an account review was imminent. Well, here we go. Pile & Company is handling the pitch.
DENVER, CO: Fast casual chain Chipotle has begun the process of bringing a new ad agency partner on board to help guide its marketing efforts.
The Denver-based company has previously eschewed traditional television advertising in favor of a combination
Steve’s breakdown: Sorry about that folks. Sometime the day you hear something is in review is the same day they hired their new agency. It happens in this business
COSTA MESA, CA: Costa Mesa-based fast food chain El Pollo Loco is looking for a new creative agency of record.
The account has been with Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners since 2012, when El Pollo switched shops after less than a year with Goodness Mfg. (The preceding review
Steve’s breakdown: The founders of Panda Restaurant Group, which owns Panda Express, are launching this concept in the US. One of them is Andrew Cherng who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. We believe they are headquartered in California.
The first mainland location for the Japanese cheesecake
Steve’s breakdown: Silver Diner just got a silver platter of cash from private-equity firm Goode Partners who has investments with 20 other companies you might be interested in making a client. It’s an easy decision to make that call.
ROCKVILLE, MD: Goode Partners LLC, the New York-based private-equity firm that has invested in chains like Chuy’s, has made a strategic investment in Silver Diner Inc.
The investment will help the 15-unit, Rockville, Md.-based chain accelerate