Velvet Taco LLC has named industry veteran Lee Evans as its first chief financial officer, the company announced this week.
The Dallas-based fast-casual brand, which will open its 32nd location in Tulsa, Okla., next week said Evans has served in senior financial leadership roles at Rock Bottom Restaurants, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, My Fit Foods, Good Smoke Restaurant Group and Scout and Cellar.
Evans will oversee financial reporting, planning and analysis, tax, audit and manage the company’s relationships with lending institutions and investors, the company said.
Clay Dover, Velvet Taco’s CEO, said in statement: “She is the CFO to guide Velvet Taco’s expansion plan for traditional and non-traditional locations.”
In addition to Evan’s appointment, Velvet Taco has promoted Robb Cherne to the role of regional vice president, another new position. Cherne, who has been with Velvet Taco for three years, will oversee operations for Velvet Taco’s locations.
Velvet Taco opened new locations in Nashville, Tenn., in January and in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, in February.
Velvet Taco was founded in 2011. Private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners L.P. of Los Angeles in November bought a “significant stake” in the brand from L Catterton and FB Society.
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