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With over 20 years of industry experience, Hernandez joins the growing chain from Hamlet (formerly known as Hamburger Hamlet) restaurants, where he was the executive vice president of operations. In this position, he managed the chain’s operations, oversaw guest relations and strategic market initiatives. Prior to Hamlet, Hernandez served for 13 years as vice president of operations at Ruby’s Diner, where he led growth initiatives to take the company from eight restaurants in California to 39 locations throughout California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania,and Hawaii.
Before Ruby’s, Hernandez was director of marketing for Restaurant Enterprises Group and Marriott, and was the director of food and beverage for the Grace Restaurant company operators of Charlie Brown’s, Coco’s, Carrow’s, and El Torito’s.