Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today announced the appointment of Abelardo (“Abe”) Ruiz as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. Abe was previously employed as Chief Operating Officer of Colon Gerena Restaurant Group, Famous Dave’s franchise partner in Puerto Rico. Colon Gerena owns and operates a total of 106 locations across 6 different franchised restaurant brands.
“Abe successfully led the development of Famous Dave’s in Puerto Rico, where he opened two of our highest volume franchised restaurants. In addition, he brings to us a wealth of senior leadership and operating experience from a long and successful career operating and developing restaurants across multiple other concepts. He is extremely passionate about our food, our people and our company,” stated Adam J Wright, Famous Dave’s CEO. “We are thrilled that Abe has joined Famous Dave’s as our Chief Operating Officer.”
Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of today, the company owns 49 locations and franchises 132 additional units in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique made-from-scratch desserts.