Restaurants Unlimited, Inc. (“RUI”), an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (“Sun Capital”), today announced that Norman Abdallah has been appointed as its new CEO and president effective March 25, 2009.
Abdallah will replace Steven Stoddard who has resigned to pursue other interests.
Abdallah, a seasoned restaurant veteran, was most recently senior vice chairman and president of Amer Group, a 2-billion dollar conglomerate of hotels, resorts, restaurants and real estate. Previously, Abdallah was the CEO and co-founder of Fired Up Inc., parent company to Carino’s Italian Grill, a 160-unit operation with $400 million in system wide sales in 26 states and five countries. Prior to Fired Up Inc., Mr. Abdallah was president and CEO of Red Hot Concepts, a Chili’s licensee for the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand; nine years with Brinker International performing in various management roles including the vice president of franchise operations and development, where he was responsible for franchise restaurants with annual sales volumes exceeding $350 million.