Q&A with Bennigan’s CEO Paul Mangiamele
Since taking the helm at Bennigan’s in 2011, Paul Mangiamele has championed several game-changing initiatives aimed at revolutionizing the casual dining category and bringing the iconic brand back to its Legendary status. As chronicled in his 2013 book, Bennigan’s Return to Relevance: Bleeding Green 25/8, Paul has helped transform the organization through a focus on chef-driven food, innovative drinks and a commitment to delivering memorable dining experiences to every guest, every meal, every day. As of mid-2014, Bennigan’s has signed franchise agreements in place that will more than double the chain’s size worldwide over the next few years.
During his 30-year career, Mangiamele has served as President & CEO of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina; President & CEO of Dalts Classic American Grill; Vice President of Business Development for Carlson Companies; and Executive Vice President and COO at Sport Clips. Mangiamele is a frequent guest on local and national television programs, and is in high demand as a business speaker and turnaround expert.
Tell us about the Bennigan’s concept.
Bennigan’s is a high-energy neighborhood restaurant and tavern that is redefining casual dining. We focus on chef-driven food, innovative drinks and warm, friendly Irish Hospitality, and our commitment is to deliver memorable dining experiences to every guest, every meal, every day. There’s no restaurant that’s ever captured the essence of Legendary Irish hospitality like Bennigan’s, and that’s why I think people are so happy when they hear that we’re back.