Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, the popular beach and surf bar concept headquartered and owned by Kirkendoll Management in New Orleans, announced that Kevin Armantrout will be the brand’s new Chief Executive Officer. Armantrout’s decades of experience in the restaurant industry will be instrumental as the brand prepares for momentous growth and development.
“As we set our sights on major expansion plans, we’ve realized the need to add senior management depth to our executive management team,” says president and founder of Kirkendoll Management John Kirkendoll. “I’m excited for Kevin to join our corporate team and continue to drive Lucy’s growth and profitability.”
As a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Armantrout is no stranger to helping brands reach their growth potential. Armantrout began his executive management career with Acme Oyster House in 1995. From there, Armantrout joined Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where he served in multiple executive leadership roles. In his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer of Another Broken Egg of America, Inc., Armantrout was responsible for turning the company into one of the fastest-growing brands in the breakfast/brunch segment across the U.S. and leading a capital investment partnership.
As CEO of Lucy’s, Armantrout’s primary goal will be to build out an internal team of personnel, systems, and processes that will help prepare the brand for significant growth. Armantrout will focus on fine-tuning the F&B to ensure Lucy’s is well-positioned for maximum success.
“I am excited to return to New Orleans and join the Lucy’s team,” says Armantrout. “This is a fantastic opportunity to build upon the brand’s legacy and accelerate growth over the next five to ten years.”
Over the past three years, the Lucy’s concept has grown to four locations in three countries, including domestic restaurants in Louisiana and Florida and international restaurants in Aruba and Costa Rica. A fifth location is set to open in Foley, Alabama in summer 2019. The brand has plans to grow to 20 locations by 2024.