Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux announced the appointment of Kendall Ware as the brand’s new Chief Operating Officer. This addition comes just 30 days after Dawson’s appointment as CEO. Ware brings invaluable expertise to the Walk-On’s leadership team with his extensive background in the restaurant industry and a proven track record of success.

“From day one, I knew Kendall would be the ideal leader to join Walk-On’s with his best-in-class operations and franchise experience as a former President and CEO of several iconic brands,” says Chris Dawson, CEO of Walk-On’s. “More importantly, his passion for people, magnetic energy and genuine leadership style makes him an incredible addition to Walk-On’s. As we continue building out the Walk-On’s executive team, high caliber leaders, like Kendall, are the expectation.”

As the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, Ware will be tasked with overseeing all operational aspects of the brand as well as driving growth and expansion, while ensuring exceptional guest experiences across all company and franchise restaurants. His strategic vision and strong leadership will play a pivotal role in enhancing the brand’s national presence. Ware joins Walk-On’s after previously serving as the Chief Operating Officer of In-Shape Health Clubs. Ware also has a wealth of experience in franchising having previously held key leadership roles including President and Chief Brand Officer of Cinnabon and Carvel, and as the CEO of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. 

“Having been in the restaurant industry for many years, Walk-On’s has always been a brand I’ve watched and admired. There is something remarkable about this brand and its teammates; the scratch-made, delicious meals and authentic hospitality are a great testament to our Louisiana heritage of great food and culture,” Ware adds. “It is an exciting time to be at Walk-On’s and I look forward to working alongside Chris, as we craft the future recipe for franchisees and our brand as a whole.”

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