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Muscle Maker Grill names new CFO

Scott Carlock was most recently chief financial officer of Così

Muscle Maker Grill has named Scott Carlock to the newly created position of chief financial officer, the company said Monday in an announcement of new corporate appointments.

The Houston-based fast-casual operator, which in April moved most of its headquarters operations from Colonia, N.J., said Carlock would oversee strategic planning and financial reporting and controls.

Carlock previously served as CFO at Boston-based Così Inc., which restructured operations in January. 

Prior to Così, Carlock worked in accounting and financial roles for more than 13 years at Yum! Brands Inc. 

Robert E. Morgan, Muscle Maker Grill president and CEO since October 2015, said Carlock’s appointment and others would help the company expand.

“I am confident that each of these individuals will make a positive impact in their respective departments as we continue our expansion in new and existing markets,” Morgan said in a statement.

Among other corporate changes announced Monday:
Derek Bogner was promoted to vice president of franchise operations, overseeing national restaurant operations throughout the franchise system and supporting franchisees. He was formerly director of franchise operations.

David LaPointe was promoted to director of corporate operations, overseeing openings and operations of all corporate restaurants. He was previously a district manager for Muscle Maker Grill.

Patrick Chiacchia was hired as director of non-traditional development. He previously worked with UFood Restaurant Group, Boston Market and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

James Ginger was hired as director of construction. He was previously with Hilton, Hyatt and Holiday Inn properties.

Founded in 1995, Muscle Maker Grill has about 50 restaurants in 14 states. The health-focused brand was acquired in January 2015 by an affiliate of American Restaurant Holdings Inc., a publicly traded multiconcept operator based in Southern California.

Muscle Maker Grill reported 2015 U.S. systemwide sales of $25 million, according to Nation’s Restaurant News Second 100 data. That declined from $26 million in sales in 2014, the company said.

The chain had 48 units, including two company locations, at the end of 2015, a decrease from 56 units at the end of 2014, according to Second 100 data.

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