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Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

Kendall Ware, formerly of Cinnabon, Carvel, and Orange Leaf, named COO of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

The appointment comes shortly after Chris Dawson joined the restaurant chain as CEO

Kendall Ware, former president of Cinnabon and Carvel Corporation and CEO of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, has been hired by Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux as its chief operating officer, the casual dining concept said Tuesday.

The appointment comes a little over a month after the sports-bar chain based in Baton Rouge, La., named Chris Dawson its CEO.

Most recently, Ware was COO of In-Shape Health Clubs.

CHART_PBS_KendallWare_AbrahannyPhotography-5.jpeg"From day one, I knew Kendall would be the ideal leader to join Walk-On's with his best-in-class operations and franchise experience as a former President and CEO of several iconic brands," Dawson said in a release announcing Ware’s appointment. "More importantly, his passion for people, magnetic energy and genuine leadership style makes him an incredible addition to Walk-On's. As we continue building out the Walk-On's executive team, high caliber leaders, like Kendall, are the expectation."

Ware said he was looking forward to overseeing the operations of Walk-On’s.

"Having been in the restaurant industry for many years, Walk-On's has always been a brand I've watched and admired,” he said. “There is something remarkable about this brand and its teammates; the scratch-made, delicious meals and authentic hospitality are a great testament to our Louisiana heritage of great food and culture. It is an exciting time to be at Walk-On's and I look forward to working alongside Chris, as we craft the future recipe for franchisees and our brand as a whole."

Walk-On’s was founded in 2003 in Baton Rouge by Louisiana State University walk-on basketball players Brandon Landry and Jack Warner. It has since grown to nearly 100 restaurants.

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