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CraftWorks names president for specialty division

Marc Buehler to head Rock Bottom, Gordon Biersch and other brands

CraftWorks Holdings has named industry veteran Marc Buehler to the new position of divisional president for its brewery and specialty restaurants, the company said Thursday.

buehler_head_shota.jpgBuehler, left, who most recently served as CEO at Nashville-based Dick’s Last Resort, will oversee CraftWorks’ Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Chophouse, A1A, Big River, Ragtime and Seven Bridges concepts, according to Nashville-based CraftWorks.

Buehler will report to Hazem Ouf, who became CraftWorks’ chairman and CEO when the company acquired the Logan’s Roadhouse casual-dining chain in November.

Buehler has served in numerous executive positions with such restaurant companies as LoneStar Steakhouse, Kona Grill, O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar, Fox & Hound/Champps and the Great Grill Group. Earlier, he held marketing roles at Romacorp/Tony Roma’s and Applebee’s International.

“Marc’s impressive background of driving organizational change and leading restaurant brands through various growth stages makes him exactly the right leader to help scale and fulfill our mission to deliver a perfectly crafted experience for our guests each and every visit,” said Ouf in a statement.

Buehler said: “I see a huge opportunity for the specialty and brewery brands to double down as a leader in their segments and quickly become best-in-class in the restaurant industry."

CraftWorks said it now has division presidents for all its brands.

Scott Moore remains the president of Old Chicago Pizza + Taproom, and Tim Kaliher is the president of Logan’s Roadhouse.

CraftWorks Holdings has more than 390 restaurants and breweries in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

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