Ovation Brands Announces New Appointments in Operations Leadership to Focus on Reinvention Efforts

August 29, 2014

Ovation Brands, the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant company, announced a change in operations leadership and corporate structure as the brand prepares to rollout its reinvention to the entire system. Seasoned restaurant pros George Wooten and Pete Pascuzzi, who have been spearheading re-concepting efforts across the enterprise in executive leadership capacities, will be assuming new roles as Divisional Chiefs for the Buffet and Ryan’s brands, respectively and both will report to Chief Operating Officer Greg Graber.

“Our teams have been hard at work to ensure the success of the Main Street and Ryan’s Southern Family Goodness initiatives in our test markets and the results have been impressive. From double digit sales increases to dramatic jumps in guest perception scores, we know we have tapped into something pretty special,” said Anthony Wedo, CEO for Ovation Brands. “Both of these reinventions are critical to our overall success and both deserve dedicated leadership to ensure continued success and the very highest levels of operational execution. George and Pete have been serving on the forefront of these efforts since they joined the team and both have demonstrated leadership and results. They are the right operators to help me fast track the rollout of reinvention in both the Buffets and Ryan’s businesses.”