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News Briefs for January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012

•Southlake, Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group has filed for an initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in which it hopes to raise $100 million. The company said it hasn’t determined how many shares will be offered, how many may be sold by the shareholder, Lone Star Fund, or how much they will cost. Del Frisco’s also filed for an IPO in October 2007 but shelved it in December 2008 due to difficult market conditions. The group operates 31 restaurants across 18 states under three restaurant concepts—Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Grille.

•Le Cirque is partnering with private club operator ClubCorp to launch a pop-up restaurant series that will travel across the U.S. to showcase the New York City restaurant’s new chef, Olivier Reginensi. The pop-ups will be more casual versions of Le Cirque and will offer themed three-course dinner menus to feed 200 guests. The series will run from March 16 through July and will be held at five venues, the first of which will be in California, followed by Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta.

William Grant & Sons North America’s Jonathan Yusen, currently senior vice president, marketing, is adding the title general manager, Canada, beginning January 30. Reporting directly to Yusen will be Steve Doyle, who’s been named to the new position of country manager, Canada, working with the Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd. team that imports Grant’s brands in the country. Most recently Doyle was director of sales—Eastern Canada with Canada Dry Mott’s. His 25-year experience in consumer packaged goods and beverage alcohol also includes roles with Sleeman Breweries Ltd., Diageo, Guinness Brewing Worldwide and Molson Breweries.

Wirtz Beverage Nevada has made three new appointments, effective this month. Darren Doalson, formerly Diageo’s vice president, sales for California, has joined Wirtz Nevada as vice president, sales, wine and spirits, overseeing all sales execution. Eric Anderson, formerly Wirtz Nevada’s director of sales for Reno, is being promoted to director of trade development. (He’ll be replaced in his former position by E&J Gallo veteran David Stec.) Finally, mixologist Andrew Pollard has been appointed Wirtz Nevada’s beverage development specialist. Pollard previously led the beverage program for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

 

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