P.F. Chang’s China Bistro has announced the appointment of Larry Ryback as Chief Operating Officer of the P.F. Chang’s concept, effective March 2012. Mr. Ryback has more than 20 years of restaurant operations experience and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ: KONA), an American grill and sushi bar based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“We are thrilled to welcome Larry as COO of P.F. Chang’s,” said Lane Cardwell, President of the P.F. Chang’s concept. “I am excited to work with him as we continue to elevate and evolve the P.F. Chang’s brand for the future. Larry is philosophically aligned with the key factors that have been the hallmarks of our success: strong operations, culinary execution, hospitality and development of people. We admire the significant impact of his efforts during his tenure at Kona Grill and look forward to leveraging his skills as we continue to move our brand forward.”
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. owns and operates two restaurant concepts in the Asian niche. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro features a blend of high-quality, Chinese-inspired cuisine and American hospitality in a sophisticated, contemporary bistro setting. Pei Wei Asian Diner offers a modest menu of freshly prepared pan-Asian cuisine in a relaxed, warm environment offering attentive counter service and take-out flexibility. In addition, the Company has extended its brands to international markets and retail products both of which are operated under licensing agreements.