Rōti Modern Mediterranean announced the appointment of Justin Seamonds as Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago-based restaurant concept, to strengthen the organization and position the business for long-term growth of its restaurant footprint, digital offerings, delivery, and best-in-class catering business.
Before joining Rōti, Seamonds served as the CEO of Snack Street and president of Dean and DeLuca, where he led the organization to a $140 million buyout after making substantial improvements to the business.
“I believe that Roti sits at the center of the current food and wellness culture zeitgeist. Rōti’s Food that loves you back and our Mediterranean-inspired lifestyle of sharing and celebrating are extremely rare qualities to combine in a single business,” Seamonds says. “My passion for food, my devotion to hospitality and people, and my die-hard enthusiasm for what Rōti has built has really connected me with the brand, the team and the board. I’m beyond excited to dig in [no pun intended] and help everyone move us into a very bright future together.”
Rōti Executive Chairman Mats Lederhausen adds, “We’ve gotten to know Justin over the last few years, and have become really excited about him, his track record, and his passion for people, food and the entrepreneurial journey. We’re so excited to have found what we think is an unbelievable match for a unique brand and a unique person that can unlock possibilities we are all excited to pursue. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him into our Rōti family.”
Rōti operates 42 locations nationally, including Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Dallas, Houston, and Minneapolis.