Bendel to exit Mimi’s for undisclosed new ‘opportunity’

TUSTIN, Calif. Russ Bendel is stepping down as president and chief executive of the Mimi’s Cafe midscale chain at the end of August to pursue another opportunity, which he has declined to disclose until next week.

Daniel Dillon, who has served as chief operating officer of the 116-unit chain since 1996, will step in as interim chief executive, said officials of parent company Bob Evans Farms Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio.

“We thank Russ for his

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