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Logan’s Roadhouse names David Catalano COO

Former Joe’s Crab Shack executive will work alongside CEO on turnaround

Logan’s Roadhouse has named David Catalano (left) chief operating officer, a newly created position, the company said on Wednesday.

Catalano will oversee the Nashville, Tenn.-based chain’s operating team, and will work alongside CEO Hazem Ouf to turn around the company, which recently emerged from bankruptcy. Logan’s Roadhouse is working to improve the menu and service to bring back customers.

“David’s broad and diverse restaurant background and his demonstrated leadership qualities make him an ideal leader for the Logan’s operation team now and into the future,” Ouf said in a statement. 

Catalano is an experienced industry executive, having held positions with TGI Fridays, Al Copeland Restaurant Group, Rave Cinemas LLC and Applebee’s franchisee Apple Gold. He was chief operating officer of Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap until July 2016.

He joins a 221-unit casual-dining chain that emerged from bankruptcy late last year, which hired Ouf as CEO in January. The chain has closed locations and trimmed debt, and Ouf suggested more locations could close this year. 

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