Sage Restaurant Group, the Denver-based restaurant group dedicated to providing innovative, playful, and locally-focused food and beverage experiences, announced several promotions and new hires as the company expands its corporate team and continues to grow nationally.

New hires for Sage Restaurant Group include Todd Shepard as Corporate Divisional Vice President of Operations, and Daniel Russo as General Manager of Urban Farmer Philadelphia. The executive team welcomed Shepard to their growing office, where he brings more than 20 years of restaurant industry experience, having overseen several successful restaurant operations including Morton’s The Steakhouse. His role will encompass leading and developing property food and beverage programs as well as overseeing in-room dining and catering operations for a portfolio of SRG restaurants. In Philadelphia, Daniel Russo brings a wealth of managerial experience to SRG’s third and most recent location of the popular farm-to-table steakhouse, with a history of working at revered restaurants including Chef Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat in Chicago.

SRG also announced two promotions within the Kachina Southwestern Grill concept. Luis San Martin has been promoted to General Manager at the soon-to-open Denver location, and Jeff Bolton to Executive Chef.

“SRG’s mission is to create independent restaurants that offer exceptional food and beverage experiences, and an integral part of that process involves attracting and hiring the most talented individuals in the industry,” says co-founder Peter Karpinski. “These recent promotions and new hires realize our vision and exemplify that ongoing commitment to achieve our mission.”

The promotions and new hires come along with brand expansion for SRG. In early 2017, the group will duplicate two of its core brands – downtown Denver will see the fourth location of the group’s popular seasonal steakhouse, Urban Farmer, as well as the second location of Kachina Southwestern Grill. The highly anticipated restaurants will both be built in to Sage Hospitality’s Dairy Block project located in the LoDo neighborhood.

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