Del Frisco's Restaurant Group CEO Mark S. Mednansky to retire
Mr. Mednansky has served as Chief Executive Officer since March 2007. He served in senior management roles with Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc.
From 2005 until March 2007, Mr. Mednansky was the Chief Operating Officer of several Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon restaurant concepts, including Del Frisco's and Sullivan's.
He also served as Vice President of Operations of the Del Frisco's and Sullivan's concepts from 2000 to 2005 and President of the Texas Land & Cattle concept from 2003 to 2006.
Mr. Mednansky has over 35 years of restaurant industry experience and 25 years of experience as a senior operations manager.
Prior to joining Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc., Mr. Mednansky was Director of Operations for Big Four Restaurants from 1997 to 1998, Director of Culinary Services for Dial Corp. from 1990 to 1997 and Area Manager for Big Four Restaurants from 1985 to 1990.
The board also announced that current Director Norman J. Abdallah will become CEO.
Most recently, Mr. Abdallah was an operating partner for CIC Partners, where he acted in an operating and investing role in their restaurant portfolio companies.
Prior to joining CIC, Mr. Abdallah served as interim CEO of Dinosaur BBQ while establishing a restaurant investment platform for a family office with a wide mandate to invest in quality brands in the restaurant industry, leading the acquisition of Jim ‘N Nick's BBQ.
Previously, Mr. Abdallah led the turnaround at Romano's Macaroni Grill that resulted in a sale to Ignite Restaurant Group. Before joining Macaroni Grill (a concept owned by Golden Gate Capital) as Chief Executive Officer and President in July 2010, he held the same position at Sun Capital owned Restaurants Unlimited, a multi-concept company consisting of 14 brands.
Earlier, Mr. Abdallah was the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Fired Up, Inc., parent company of U.S.-based casual dining chain Carino's Italian. ■