O’Charley’s parent names new president

Industry veteran William E. Hall to lead casual-dining brand

American Blue Ribbon Holdings LLC has named William E. Hall president of its O’Charley’s restaurant group, the company said Monday.

Hall, who replaces Ned Lidvall in the role, has taken on responsibilities including the operational execution of O’Charley’s restaurants located across 20 states.

He is also a veteran of Nashville, Tenn.-based O’Charley’s. He served as the casual-dining chain’s president and executive vice president of operations from 1990 to 2004. During that time, O’Charley’s grew from 65 to 216 restaurants.

“I am extremely pleased to return to O’Charley’s, where I earlier spent 14 years of my career, and again have the exciting opportunity to work closely with an outstanding team in Nashville and throughout the O’Charley’s restaurant base,” Hall said in a press release. “Our goal is to continue providing our guests with great quality food and O’Charley’s hospitality.”

Hall has held various restaurant management positions in the 13 years since leaving O’Charley’s. Immediately before returning to O’Charley’s, Hall had a brief stint in senior management of Club Corporation of America. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer of Spaghetti Warehouse.

According to NRN’s Top 200 census, O’Charley’s has 213 units.
Update: Jan. 10, 2017  This story has been updated with whom Hall replaces and Hall's previous positions, as well as with O'Charley's correct unit count. 

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