New Chief Development Officer To Drive New Business Growth
With over 20 years of extensive franchise development experience, Kevin will work to expand upon Hurricane Grill & Wings’ current growth trajectory. Most recently, Kruse served as vice president at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group managing franchise development and real estate site selection for the Einstein Bros. Bagels and Manhattan Bagel brands. Previously, Kruse worked for International Dairy Queen, where his team generated $3.9 million in multi-unit development deals. Kruse also worked at Arby’s, where as the vice president of franchise development he successfully negotiated 54 development agreements resulting in 500 new restaurant locations. As chief development officer, Kruse will work closely with the Hurricane Grill & Wings executive team to plan and execute development strategies as well as provide support to new and existing franchisees.
“Hurricane Grill & Wings is a very unique concept with incredible potential,” said Kruse.
“Our compelling unit economics, relaxed beach atmosphere and focus on flavors and fresh menu items will certainly attract seasoned restaurant owners to our brand.”
“Kevin is an expert in the industry and it’s a pleasure to welcome such a skilled professional as the newest addition to the Hurricane Grill & Wings team,” said Martin O’Dowd, president of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “We look forward to continuing our expansion and achieving more milestones with the aid of Kevin.”
With 58 locations in seven states, Florida-based Hurricane Grill & Wingsis known for its jumbo, fresh wings, more than 35 signature sauces and rubs and tropical, laid-back vibe. Named by USA Today as one of “10 Great Places to Wing It,” selected as one of the “Future 50” by Restaurant Business and as one of Franchise Times “Top 40 Fast and Serious”, Hurricane Grill & Wings’ menu includes crave-able Hurricane’s Garlic & Parm fries, tasty salads, seafood entrees and fresh ½ pound Angus burgers. The brand’s signature Hurricane Bumby tops the list of its tropical drinks menu, along with a wide selection of craft beers and wines.
The original Hurricane Grill & Wings opened in Fort Pierce, Fla., in 1995 and has expanded to locations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina and Texas, with additional restaurants planned nationwide.