Denny’s names Robert Rodriguez COO

Denny’s Corp. said Thursday it has appointed industry veteran Robert Rodriguez as its new chief operating officer.

Rodriguez will be responsible for the leadership of the Spartanburg, S.C.-based family-dining chain’s operations beginning Sept. 13. The post had been vacant since December, when Janis Emplit resigned.

Before joining Denny’s, Rodriguez served as president and COO of Pick Up Stix, the fast-casual Asian concept owned by Carlson Restaurants Worldwide.

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