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Executive Movements

Thomas J. Baldwin Named Chief Executive Officer and President of Benihana Inc.             
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Denny Post Named Chief Executive Officer for Red Robin.
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Johnny Rockets Names John Maguire President and CEO.
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Kevin Reddy Steps Down as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer     Full Article »

Rave Restaurant Group names interim CEO Randy Gier steps down as chief executive of the pizza company   Full Article »

Quiznos Appoints Susan Lintonsmith as President & Chief Executive Officer.
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Cheryl Henry Named President and COO of Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc.  Full Article »

Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex Restaurants Appoints New Chief Executive Officer.
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Financial Overview

Zoe's Kitchen shares fall on revenue miss, lowered outlook.
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The Wendy's Company Revenues Decline for Second-Quarter 2016.
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McDonald's 2Q same-store sales slow amid economic uncertainty
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Company-owned Comparable Restaurant Sales Increased 1.5%
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Total revenues increased 3.9% to $61.7 million, compared to $59.4 million in the second quarter of 2015.
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Brinker International total fourth quarter revenues increased 15.4 percent .   Full Article »

Restaurant sales increased 10.2% to $241.4 million from $219.1 million in the second quarter of 2015   Full Article »

Total Fourth Quarter 2016 revenue declined 5.9% to $279.3 million.
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Profits fall at Famous Dave's. Same-store sales fall 6.4 percent at company locations
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Pollo Campero's Comparable Sales Grow 9.1% for Second Quarter of 2016.
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Domestic system-wide comparable same-restaurant sales increased 0.2% at IHOP and declined 4.2% at Applebee's
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Big News
Cosi Cans Another
The turnaround that Cosi so desperately desires has slipped ever farther from view.

Cosi, Inc. Announces Leadership Changes - Chief Financial Officer Resigns Effective September 23, 2016, and Company Terminates CEO Effective Immediately. 
BOSTON, Aug. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cosi, Inc. (NASDAQ:COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, announced today that, on August 16, 2016, its Chief Financial Officer, Miguel Rossy-Donovan, submitted his resignation effective September 23, 2016 to accept the position of CFO at another company. The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has terminated RJ Dourney as Chief Executive Officer & President, effective immediately. Patrick Bennett, a member of the Board of Directors, will serve as interim Chief Executive & President working in close conjunction with the full Board while the Company conducts a search for a permanent CEO.
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Say it isn't so......a restaurant recession
by Bob Gershberg, CEO/Managing Partner Wray Executive Search
Bob Gershberg

The analysts are turning tepid. Stifel Nocolaus analyst, Paul Westra downgraded eleven restaurant companies, including Chipotle, Darden, Panera, Cheesecake and BJ's to sell ratings. Worse yet, he believes slowing restaurant sales are the "canary that lays the recessionary egg". Westra said "we confidently believe" that a recent Stifel survey showing restaurant-industry sales decelerating "simultaneously" across all categories "is a harbinger to a U.S. recession in 2017." Westra said restaurant stocks have dropped by an average of 23% in the three to six months before the start of the past three recessions, while the S&P 500 index SPX, has declined 10%.  
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I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'   
Muhammad Ali

Restaurant Recession? Just the Facts, Please
by John A. Gordon, principal and founder of Pacific Management Consulting Group
John A. Gordon

On July 26 2016, the Stifel Restaurant Team wondered in writing if we were in a restaurant recession, as a possible harbinger for a US recession coming up. They noted negative same store sales trends and the lack of restaurant pricing power, among other problems. Is a restaurant recession really happening?   Full Article »
Financial Edge
"Nothing to Fear, but Fear itself..."
by David Ulrich, EVP Wray Executive Search

David Ulrich
The restaurant industry always seems to be in a constant state of flux between commodity prices, wages, and the fickle demand of consumers that can change on a dime. Despite all the good news with commodity prices keeping at bay for much of this year, rising wages combined with a flattening of same store sales traffic will make interesting board meetings once people are back from vacation after Labor Day.
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Resignation Tips
by Rebecca Patt, SVP Development, Wray Executive Search

Rebecca Patt
For most people who have been loyal employees, accepting a new job offer and quitting their current job is an exciting and scary time. Emotions run high, and it's not surprising that some people aren't sure how to handle the resignation process. After all, quitting your job is probably something you don't have much practice with. Here are our tips to help with a smooth resignation:
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Talent Matters
PXT SELECT™ - A Partnership Built to Serve Our Clients
by Tom Rollert, Vice President of Culture Integration, Wray Executive Search

Tom Rollert
Wray Executive Search has officially joined the PXT Select™ Authorized Partner Network and can now provide PXT Select™ assessment solutions to organizations throughout North America. PXT Select is a next generation selection assessment that makes the very human decisions about hiring simpler and smarter. As a PXT Select™ Authorized Partner, Wray Executive Search plays an active role in sustaining and promoting the value of assessment solutions and is dedicated to helping our clients onboard the best fit.  
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