Benihana names Ames COO

MIAMI Benihana Inc. on Monday named industry consultant Christopher Ames chief operating officer.

Ames, who has served as a consultant since July to the parent of three Japanese restaurant chains, replaces Juan Garcia in the role. Garcia will remain president of Benihana and also will now serve as chief administrative officer, the company said.

Prior to working with Benihana, Ames was chief operating officer of Cosi Inc. He also has served in senior

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