Giordano’s CEO discusses return to growth

Giordano’s CEO discusses return to growth

Chicago-style pizza chain receives $51 million financing

Yorgo Koutsogiorgas agreed to become CEO of Giordano’s in late 2011 because he knew the Chicago-style pizza brand had a lot of potential — even though it was emerging from a highly publicized bankruptcy.

Collapsed real estate investments by the chain’s former owners, and not the restaurant itself, contributed to the financial problems. Giordano’s was collateral damage, he said.

“It needed the care and affection that I could provide,” Koutsogiorgas said.

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