Cafe Enterprises operates 46 casual dining restaurants in the Southeast
Cafe Enterprises, Inc. announced today that restaurant industry veteran Jim Mazany will join the company as Chief Executive Officer. Mazany has more than 30 years of restaurant operations and leadership experience, including senior leadership roles with brands including TGI Friday’s, Applebee’s and Joe’s Crab Shack.
“We are excited to have Jim lead the Fatz Cafe brand,” said Scott Warren, Board Director of Cafe Enterprises. “Jim is a proven restaurant executive whose leadership style will be a great fit for our culture. While 2016 has been a difficult year for those of us in the casual dining industry, Jim has extensive experience in leading brands to success in challenging times. We are very much looking forward to his contribution at Cafe Enterprises.”
Mazany was most recently the President of Joe’s Crab Shack, part of Ignite Restaurant Group. He joined Joe’s Crab Shack in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Operations, soon after advancing to Chief Operating Officer, and ultimately President when the company was taken public in 2012. He played a significant role in transforming the Joe’s Crab Shack brand from a $2.2 million AUV business into a $3.2 million AUV business.
Mazany said “I am honored and excited to be given the opportunity to lead the Cafe Enterprises team, and to grow and develop the Fatz Cafe brand. Fatz has deep roots in Southern hospitality and Southern-inspired cuisine, and a dedicated group of team members who have made the brand what it is today. I am thrilled to be a part of this passionate, talented team.”
FATZ Cafe was founded with humble beginnings in 1988 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, serving guests Southern-influenced food out of a converted peach shed. Its cravable, quality food, served with sincere Southern hospitality in a warm, welcoming atmosphere has allowed the concept to grow, and today there are 45 FATZ Cafe restaurants across the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. With a strong group of operating partners and a support team of seasoned professionals, the company is poised for continued growth in the Southeast and beyond.
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