Shari's Management Corporation and Shari's Restaurant Group announced that John Iannucci will be joining its senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations and announced that Tony Fialho will become Executive Chef and Director, Culinary Innovation. Iannucci arrives at Shari's following over two years as Vice President of Operations for Logan's Roadhouse. Fialho has served in a similar capacity in several large restaurant chains. Shari's Management Corporation manages Shari's Café & Pies, the largest full-service family dining chain based in the Pacific Northwest with 94 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.
"Throughout his career journey John has consistently and unflaggingly demonstrated a passionate and a disciplined approach to restaurant operations," stated Sam Borgese, CEO & President of Shari's Management Corporation and Shari's Restaurant Group. "He has always been well ahead of his peers in moving the restaurants under his management to the highest performance financial and service results."
Iannucci's professional career began at Famous Dave's followed by eight years at Cheesecake Factory in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. area. He has also been Director of Operations for Max Brenner restaurants in the USAand Alicart's Camine's restaurants in the Bahamas.
"Shari's restaurant is a well-known brand serving Northwest communities for 40 years. Sam and the Shari's leadership team's vision for the next generation of Shari's restaurant is compelling and a vision I am very excited to be a part of delivering," said Iannucci.
"Tony is a very talented chef and menu strategist and he brings a wealth of experience from family dining, casual dining and quick service restaurants," commented Shari's Vice President, Marketing Joe Adney. "Tony is the right guy to lead our product development efforts as Shari's works to elevate the quality and freshness of our menu."
Fialho's background includes tenure as the Directory of Culinary Innovation at Taco Bueno as well as Chili's Corporate Innovation Chef in the Dallas area. Previously, he worked as Black Bear Diner's Director of Culinary Innovation in Northern California.
"It's an exciting time to join Shari's as they look to create a unique, 'crave-able' dining experience for their guests," said Fialho. "Our goal is to leverage Shari's Northwest roots and bring fresh new thinking to the menu."
Shari's is the largest full-service restaurant chain based in the Pacific Northwest providing regionally sourced, fresh, made-to-order meals that bring family and friends together. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari's Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, each Shari's location is open 24-hours a day with a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees and a large selection of award-winning specialty pies. With over 4,000 employees, the chain currently has 94 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.
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