Cheesecake Factory taps ex-Mimi’s Cafe CEO Bendel as president, COO

CALABASAS HILLS Calif. The Cheesecake Factory Inc. on Tuesday named Russ Bendel president and chief operating officer of its restaurant division, effective Sept. 3.

Bendel, 52, resigned last week as president and chief executive of the Tustin, Calif.-based Mimi’s Cafe chain, effective at the end of August. He had led that division of Columbus, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms Inc. for six years.

Cheesecake Factory said Bendel also will serve as an

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