John Bettin and Carron Harris

John Bettin and Carron Harris

Buca Inc.’s president John Bettin not only tracks food trends, he may be setting a culinary trend himself. He is one of the first former R&D executives hired as president of a large restaurant chain.

Last year Bettin took the reins of the Minneapolis-based company, which owns and operates close to 100 Buca di Beppo restaurants best known for serving large platters of retro Italian-American fare in kitschy settings sporting plastic fountains, black-and-white Sinatra photos and bunches

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