Darden was most recently the chief operating officer for Taco Bueno Restaurants and its Dallas-based parent, Sun Holdings Inc. He also worked more than 10 years with Panera Bread Co. and the casual-dining Bennigan’s. Now, he joins MOOYAH Fries, Burgers & Shakes as President and COO.
“The biggest challenge for us, being a smaller and predominantly franchised brand, is going to be to create a consistently great experience across the system,” Darden told Nation's Restaurant News. “We need to be consistently great at the customer experience we provide but at the same time we’ve got to provide a great franchise experience and a great team member experience.”
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