BL Restaurant Operations, LLC., announced Tony Wehner as the new chief operating officer of Bar Louie. Wehner joins Bar Louie with a wealth of executive experience in restaurant leadership. Most recently, he served as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Logan’s Roadhouse. Before that, Wehner served as the Senior Vice President of Operations for On the Border Restaurants and held leadership positions within Brinker International’s Chili’s and Red Lobster.  

The announcement follows news that current and longtime executive, James “Smokey” Hughes will be retiring as chief operating officer in July. As COO of Bar Louie, Wehner will be responsible for leading operations for all Bar Louie company locations. 

As an award-winning collection of neighborhood bars with a lively, social atmosphere, Bar Louie has more than 125 locations in 29 states throughout the United States. Each location has its own local flavor, where patrons can linger, socialize and enjoy custom drinks, local craft beer and wine—as well as specialty burgers, shareable snacks and signature entrees.

“Tony is an accomplished operations leader with a proven history of success,” says Bar Louie chief executive officer, John Neitzel. “We are very fortunate to have his experience and talents as part of our team.”

“I’m elated to join a brand that has such momentum and unique positioning in the industry,” Wehner says. “This is my opportunity to help Bar Louie sustain growth, while protecting its one-of-a-kind culture. I’m a longtime fan and feel honored to be part of the Bar Louie family.”

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