Bloomin’ names Bonefish president

Bloomin’ names Bonefish president

Jeff Carcara assumes post from Del Frisco’s emerging brands

Bloomin’ Brands Inc. has named Jeff Carcara as president of its Bonefish Grill division, the company said Monday.

Carcara, most recently CEO of emerging brands at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, succeeds David Schmidt in the role at that Tampa, Fla.-based casual-dining company.

“Jeff will bring creativity, energy and thoughtful leadership to continue driving excellence at Bonefish Grill,” said Liz Smith, Bloomin’ Brands CEO, in a statement.

“The depth of his experience, coupled with his proven success in the polished-casual dining segment, will help ensure that Bonefish Grill remains the destination for customers seeking fresh fish and a big city bar in their neighborhood,” Smith said.

Carcara’s 26-year hospitality career includes extensive experience in restaurant operations and brand growth and development.

Prior to Del Frisco’s emerging brands, Carcara served as CEO of Barteca Restaurant Group and chief operating officer for Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. He also held several leadership positions at Season’s 52.

Bloomin’ Brands has about 200 Bonefish Grill units. With its Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar brands, the company has about 1,500 restaurants.

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