Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) today announced the appointment of Todd Burrowes as President, Ruby Tuesday concept and Chief Operations Officer. Burrowes, who has more than 25 years of industry experience, joins Ruby Tuesday after spending the past five years as the Executive Vice President of Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse, a portfolio brand of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Burrowes previously served as Regional Vice President of Operations, Director of Management Training and Development, and Director of Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse. Prior to his tenure with LongHorn Steakhouse, Burrowes’ roles included Regional Director of Operations for Corner Bakery Café and Vice President of Operations for Saltgrass Steak House. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Houston.
JJ Buettgen, President and CEO, commented, “I am delighted to welcome Todd to our senior management team. Todd is an extremely capable executive and a motivating leader whose breadth and depth of experience will further strengthen our organization. Todd will be instrumental in leading our efforts to reposition the Ruby Tuesday brand, creating a more lively and approachable guest experience which we believe will provide opportunities to increase our sales and profitability.”
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has Company-owned and/or franchise Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants in 45 states, the District of Columbia, 11 foreign countries, and Guam. As of March 5, 2013, we owned and operated 709 Ruby Tuesday restaurants and franchised 77 Ruby Tuesday restaurants, comprised of 33 domestic and 44 international restaurants. Our Company-owned and operated restaurants are concentrated primarily in the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest of the United States, which we consider to be our core markets.