The Habit CEO Russ Bendel & Johnny Rockets VP of Operations Paul Nishiyama

Guests:   Russ Bendel, CEO of The Habit, Paul Nishiyama, VP Operations at Johnny Rockets, and Ryan Costigan, Marketing Director at GRA

Ryan Costigan

Ryan Costigan

Ryan Costigan of the Georgia Restaurant Association

Ryan Costigan, the Voice for Georgia’s Restaurants and the GRA Membership Manager, is back to share holiday greetings with all GRA listeners and to talk about the GRA Executive Chef Program. Applications for this prestigious program are due soon! Ryan has been on the show many times and provides the latest info about government policies that affect restauranteurs. Happy holidays Ryan and to all our GRA friends.

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Paul Nishiyama

Paul Nishiyama

Paul Nishiyama - Vice President of Operations at Johnny Rockets

Paul Nishiyama is an industry veteran with over 25 years of service. He started with Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill chain, and helped grow it from 2 to 200 locations. After making the switch to Johnny Rocket’s, he lead the modernization of their IT systems by introducing advanced software, hardware and telecom systems. Now, he manages the operations of about 30 corporate-owned Johnny Rockets restaurants, the training department, and oversees all Information Technology for the brand. We talk about Johnny Rockets’ history, ketchup smiley faces, and the future of restaurant IT. Great stuff.

And watch a great show…

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Russ Bendel

Russ Bendel

Russ Bendel – CEO of The Habit

Russ Bendel is President and CEO of The Habit Burger Grill. Russ is legend in the industry, having run some of the most iconic brands. Russ served as CEO of both The Cheesecake Factory and Mimi’s Café, and has held executive positions at Outback Steakhouse, El Torito and Panda Express. He sits on the advisory board for the Collins School of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University and on the board of the Culinary School at the Art Institute of Los Angeles. The Habit is a 90 unit hamburger chain that started in Santa Barbara, California and serves some of best upscale burgers around. I am excited to learn from this industry legend!

And enjoy this Habit video…

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Happy Holidays from all of us here at ROR, Jim, Cindy, and Jenny.

 

Jim and friends leaving the White House Christmas Party 2013.

Jim and friends leaving the White House Christmas Party 2013.

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