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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop names new operations chief

David Catalano joins brand from Logan’s Roadhouse

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has named David Catalano to the new position of chief operating officer, the company said Thursday.

Catalano joins the Fort Worth, Texas-based fast-casual concept from his most recent role as COO of Nashville, Tenn.-based Logan’s Roadhouse. He previously held senior leadership roles at Hard Rock Café and TGI Fridays and was a franchisee of Twin Peaks.

“David is an industry pro, having worked on both emerging restaurant concepts and established brands,” said Mel Knight, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop president, in a statement. “He has also worked on the franchisee side of the table, making him the right person to work alongside our phenomenal franchise partners.”

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was founded in 2001 and now has 144 restaurants in 12 states.

“I’ve been a fan of the brand for a long time and look forward to using my restaurant and hospitality experience to further the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop success story,” said Catalano (left).

He has worked with such other restaurant companies as Al Copeland Restaurant Group, Rave Cinemas LLC, Applebee’s franchisee Apple Gold and Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap.

Atlanta-based NRD Capital Management bought a 70 percent stake in the then-90-unit Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in February 2016

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