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Ignite Restaurant Group names Robert Merritt CEO

Raymond Blanchette leaves parent of Joe’s Crab Shack, Brick House

Ignite Restaurant Group Inc. has named board member Robert S. Merritt CEO, the company said Tuesday.

Merritt succeeds Raymond Blanchette, who has left the casual-dining parent to Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap. Merritt’s appointment at the Houston-based Ignite was effective immediately, the company said, and Blanchette left “to pursue other opportunities.”

Paul R. Vigano, Ignite’s chairman, said in a statement, “Bob is one of the true pioneers in the cas

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