WARREN Mich. Big Boy Restaurants International LLC has tapped Checkers veteran Keith E. Sirois to serve as chief executive, the company said Monday.
Sirois replaces interim CEO Jim Jensen, a Big Boy board member who had been serving in that role since Tony Michaels left the company  last October.
Big Boy said Sirois would lead the more than 70-year-old family-dining chain as it pursues "aggressive growth" in new and existing markets. As part of its expansion, the company said it is planning a new prototype with a drive-thru, which is set to open later this year in a Los Angeles suburb.
"[Sirois] brings hands-on knowledge of franchise and company-owned restaurants, as well as a strategic vision and leadership for continuing our growth initiatives at Big Boy," said chairman Robert Liggett Jr.
Sirois, a 35-year foodservice veteran, most recently served as president and chief executive of Tampa, Fla.-based Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., which is parent to 800 restaurants under the Checkers and Rally's Hamburger brands. Sirois retired from Checkers  in February 2007. His experience also includes posts at Heartwise Express, a fast-casual startup group in Chicago, and Old Country Buffet, Mrs. Fields Cookies and Taco Bell.
Based in Warren, Mich., Big Boy Restaurants' system include approximately 455 corporate and franchised restaurants.
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