Ruth’s Chris names Liever president of new seafood group

HEATHROW Fla. Ruth’s Chris Steak House Inc. has named Damon Liever, the former president of Sodexho Inc.’s Retail Brand Group, president of its new seafood division, which consists of 19 Mitchell’s Fish Market and Columbus Fish Market restaurants.

 

The seafood concepts were part of Ruth’s Chris’ $92 million purchase of 22 casual-dining outlets from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC. The deal closed Tuesday.

 

 

Also included were three steakhouses operating under the Cameron’s Steakhouse and Mitchell’s Steakhouse brands.

 

 

Craig Miller, chairman, president and CEO of Ruth’s Chris, said the company would continue to operate the seafood restaurants under their current brand designations.

 

 

Liever is a former senior vice president of marketing for Ruth’s Chris, which operates or franchises 119 steakhouses. As president of the Retail Brand Group, he oversaw Sodexho’s streetside fast-casual restaurants.