The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen and Spirits, an award-winning gourmet pizza restaurant with a rock-‘n’-roll vibe, has announced the appointment of John D. Allegretto as President and CEO.
Allegretto brings over 25 years of food industry experience to his role, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. He was Senior Executive of Brewery Operations and the architect for the company’s internal and external network of brewers and distributors. Before joining BJ’s, Allegretto served as Vice President for Carlson Restaurant’s Pick Up Stix Division.
“After the years I’ve spent in the entertainment, restaurant and brewing industries, I’m excited to harness those invaluable experiences as CEO,” Allegretto says. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to direct corporate vision and the immersive experience at The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen and Spirits.”
Before his role at Carlson, Allegretto held positions with the Walt Disney Company, including as a Director in the Corporate Strategic Sourcing Group. The multifaceted role depended on worldwide sourcing strategies in food and beverage, general and administrative, and packaged media spend. Allegretto held positions at Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. Allegretto holds a Masters of Business Administration from Bentley University.
"John came to us with an impressive background, having worked at many well-respected international companies,” adds Don Bellis, founding partner. “He’ll provide daily focus and direction as we continue to expand our national footprint.”
Don Bellis and Jay Gigandet, founders of The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen and Spirits, will remain on the Board of Directors, focusing their attention on future store development, as Allegretto develops long-term strategies and growth opportunities.