SPB Hospitality, the parent of Logan’s Roadhouse and Old Chicago, announced Tuesday the hiring of new CEO Jim Mazany.
Mazany replaces Marc Buehler, who has led the company since March. SPB did not indicate why Buehler left the brand.
Mazany’s resume includes president and COO of Joe’s Crab Shack, CEO of Café Enterprises, COO of TGI Friday’s, and founder of his own consulting firm Strategic Restaurant Solutions.
“SPB Hospitality has an expansive portfolio of well-known brands that have huge potential,” Mazany said in a statement. “We will build off the strong foundation of these brands and turn them into the industry leaders they deserve to be. I’m honored and thrilled to join the SPB family and I look forward to leading this company into the future.”
SPB was formerly Craftworks Holdings, which declared bankruptcy in early March and later laid off almost all of its 18,000 employees. In late May, a federal court approved Fortress Investment Group’s $93 million offer to buy the brands. Without the deal, Craftworks was headed toward Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning the company would have surrendered its assets and closed permanently. Fortress brought back 194 of the 261 company-owned restaurants.
Mazany is SPB’s third CEO of this year. In March, Buehler replaced Hazem Ouf after he and CFO Jim Lebs were terminated for paying $7 million in sales tax to state authorities without permission from the company’s board.
The company’s portfolio also includes Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, ChopHouse & Brewery, A1A Ale Works, Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill, Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, and Sing Sing, a Big-Bang dueling pianos concept.