Kona Grill, Inc., an American grill and sushi bar, has appointed Marci Rude to the position of vice president of development.
Rude brings to Kona Grill more than 20 years of commercial development experience, including serving as director of real estate for Petsmart and vice president of development for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Rude also previously served as national director of real estate for Sonic Industries, senior leasing manager at GAP, and national director of real estate for Canyon Café.
Knowledgeable in all aspects of project development, from site analysis to construction completion, Rude will play an integral function as Kona Grill ramps up its restaurant opening strategy.
“Marci’s extensive business development experience, particularly the vital role she served in P.F. Chang’s critical phase of expansion, will play a key role as we execute our growth strategy,” said Mike Nahkunst, president and CEO of Kona Grill. “Given her strong leadership abilities and proven track record, Marci was the ideal candidate to take on this new position and lead our development efforts.”
Rude commented: “I am excited to join Kona Grill’s high-caliber management team at this pivotal time in the company’s development, and as it expands its pipeline for openings over the next several years.”