Chain Beverage Buzz: August 9, 2010

O’Charley’s Inc. named David W. Head as its new president and chief executive. Head replaces the interim president Philip Hickey Jr., after Jeffrey Warne resigned in June. Head also was appointed as a member of O’Charley’s board. Head previously was president and chief executive of Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen.

The 2010 CORE Fundraising Reception will take place on September 9 at the Bacardi Headquarters in Miami. The event supports the Children of Restaurant Employees, which provides financial assistance to medically disadvantaged industry children. To learn more, visit


TouchTunes Interactive Networks appointed Patrick Barry  as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the company. Before working for TouchTunes Barry was CFO of Oberon and DSR Holdings. He was also a founding member of He will report to President and CEO, Charles Goldstruck.

Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. (CRO) is opening Cantina Laredo at St. Martin’s Courtyard in Convent Garden, London. This is the first of 35 Cantina Laredo restaurants opening in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. CRO selected Oriole Restaurants Limited to be the European franchisee of the brand. The London Cantina Laredo has 220 seats, a bar specializing in tequila and a private dining room.

Cantina laredo

Hillstone Restaurant Group recently selected the ReQuest Harmony Solution for music programming in the chain’s 50 locations. The music programming system will allow Hillstone management to upload content, build playlists, create schedules and deploy to the restaurants to the music most appropriate for the group’s portfolio of upscale casual dining concepts, which includes Hillstone, Houston’s and R&D Kitchen.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) hired Angelo Amador as vice president of labor and workforce policy and Joy Dubost, Ph.D. R.D. as director of nutrition and healthy living. Amador will work on regulatory efforts for the restaurant and foodservice industry; he most recently served as executive director in the Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Dubost will provide expertise on health and nutrition issues. Prior to working at the NRA, Dubost was the principal nutritionist in nutrition communications for PepsiCo, Inc.

Hooters is hosting over 25,000 fantasy football draft parties in the next several weeks. Draft leagues can reserve tables online and each league that hosts parties at Hooters locations will receive a draft kit including a draft board, stickers, cheat sheet and a Hooters season ticket coupons to use during the game and valued over $500. This is the fourth year Hooters has offered the season tickets with the draft parties added as a new element. The majority of these parties will take place over August 28th and 29th.

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