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Taco Bueno names new executives

Tony Darden leads operations; Sarah Beddoe heads marketing

Taco Bueno Restaurants L.P. has named new executives to head operations and marketing for the Tex-Mex fast-casual chain, the company said Wednesday.

Tony Darden, formerly of Panera Bread, has been named to the new position of chief operating officer. Sarah Beddoe, formerly of Sonic Drive-In, was named in January as chief marketing officer, succeeding Jeff Carl, who left to pursue other opportunities, a company spokeswoman said. 

“These key additions are solidifying our intent to keep firmly rooted in the traditions that have supported our brand for the past 50 years while taking innovation seriously in an extremely competitive market,” said Mike Roper, Taco Bueno president and CEO, in a statement. “We are committed to strengthening our industry presence to attract and keep new customers.”

Darden most recently was with Panera Bread, where he served as vice president of operations.

Beddoe most recently served as vice president of national marketing at Sonic. Prior to Sonic, she was director of digital experience and social engagement for Pizza Hut Corp.

Taco Bueno, founded in 1967, operates 183 restaurants in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The company is privately held by TPG Growth.

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