Bad Daddy’s Boasts Culinary and Bar Leadership Duo

Bad Daddy's Boasts Culinary and Bar Leadership Duo

Full-service burger bar sets the stage for its new era with two promotions

Bad Daddy’s has announced today the appointments of John Masterson as culinary director and Dave Wallmann as beverage director, elevating its commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences.

Bad Daddy's Boasts Culinary and Bar Leadership Duo
John Masterson

With a 13-year history at Bad Daddy’s, Masterson has been an instrumental force in shaping the culinary landscape of the restaurant. Masterson’s journey to becoming the driving force behind the restaurant’s food offerings, from his initial role at Paco’s Tacos & Tequila to his recent position as a multi-unit manager and culinary leader, has been extraordinary. His dedication and leadership have been pivotal in steering the ship through challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m pumped to take on the culinary helm at Bad Daddy’s,” said Masterson. “This is an incredible opportunity to redefine the burger experience for our guests and allow them to discover fresh flavors and unique creations that leave a lasting impression.”

Masterson’s culinary philosophy revolves around expressing gratitude to the communities served. His diverse background and passion for flavor exploration ensure the culinary journey at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar moving forward will be exciting and unforgettable.

Bad Daddy's Boasts Culinary and Bar Leadership Duo
Dave Wallmann

Wallmann, an integral part of the Bad Daddy’s family for eight years, is continually raising the bar — making him the perfect fit for the role of beverage director. His time at Purdue University, coupled with culinary adventures across Hawai‘i and beyond, sparked his passion and sense of innovation in creating exceptional experiences.

“At Bad Daddy’s, we are crafting a lively space where friends and families come together to unwind, celebrate and create lasting memories,” said Wallmann. “I’m stoked to lead the charge in ensuring that each drink is an experience in and of itself. From unique cocktails to ice-cold beers and specialty mocktails, we aim for Bad Daddy’s to be the go-to destination for awesome, strong drinks and providing something for everyone to sip on.”

In Wallmann’s hands, Bad Daddy’s is a place where flavors come to life — every visit feels like an adventure with great food, distinctive drinks and great company.

The appointments of Masterson and Wallmann mark a significant step in Bad Daddy’s journey to redefine the culinary and beverage landscape. While both have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with managers and employees, they have also increased revenue at locations they oversaw.

“There’s no better dynamic duo to take us to the next level,” said Bad Daddy’s CEO Ryan Zink. “Their energy, expertise and passion for the brand, along with culinary and beverage innovation, align perfectly with our commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences. Together, they will play a crucial role in shaping the future of Bad Daddy’s, and we couldn’t be more excited about the flavorful adventures that lie ahead in our menu offerings and bar experience.”

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is committed to cooking delicious, made-from-scratch items in its kitchens daily. The southern-rooted concept is renowned for its signature chef-inspired burgers, such as the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids and the Bad Ass Burger. The flavorful menu also features giant chopped salads, specialty sides, appetizers and handspun milkshakes. The restaurant offers a full gluten-friendly menu and regional chef specials that incorporate local flavors and ingredients, along with a full bar offering an array of craft beers from regional breweries.

For more information, please visit and connect with Bad Daddy’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about Good Times All Natural Burgers & Frozen Custard, visit To order online or find the nearest location, visit Prices vary by location.

Good Times Restaurants Inc. (GTIM) owns, operates, franchises and licenses 41 Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar restaurants through its wholly owned subsidiaries. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is a full-service “small box” restaurant concept featuring a chef-driven menu of gourmet signature burgers, chopped salads, appetizers and sandwiches with a full bar and a focus on a selection of local and craft beers in a high-energy atmosphere that appeals to a broad consumer base. Additionally, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Good Times Restaurants Inc. operates and franchises a regional quick-service restaurant chain consisting of 31 Good Times All Natural Burgers & Frozen Custard restaurants located primarily in Colorado.