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Restaurant Executive Search in Full Service Operations

Bristol Associates’ Restaurant Division recruits for senior and executive management full service operations positions in the restaurant industry. Our practice is led by Vice President David Alford.

Featured Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of Restaurant industry clients including:

  • Dinequity
  • Panda Restaurant Group

  • Munchery
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

  • Dominoes’ Pizza
  • Rita’s Italian Ice

  • Caribou Coffee
  • Landry’s

Examples of Completed Searches

Our Restaurant Division placed successful candidates in a variety of key Full Service positions. Our placements include positions such as District Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager, Multi-Unit Manager, Director of Operations, Regional Director of Operations, Corporate Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations/ Executive VP/ Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer, and President.

Below is a sampling of completed searches.

Chief Operating Officer

We completed a search for a publicly owned full service restaurant company. The successful candidate is responsible for its overall operations.

Vice President of Operations

Our client is a successful restaurant company with locations across multiple states. We completed the search by placing a successful candidate who is responsible for overseeing all daily operations.

Director of Operations

The placed candidate is responsible for leading and directing a team of 100+ staff of over 25 units.

Qualities of a Great Full Service Operations Executive

With over 50 years of experience placing restaurant operations executives, we know what makes a great leader. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in specific operations disciplines
  • Proven track record of meeting or exceeding targets through planning and time management
  • Experience developing strategies that enhance revenue and control expense
  • Ability to collaborate with business partners and identify, develop, and implement solutions for improved performance
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with all stakeholders- including owners, investors, managers, and employees
  • Ability to pay tremendous attention to detail
  • An unyielding commitment to customer service
  • Demonstrated track record of imagination, vision, innovation, and energy

Division Leader


David Alford

Vice President
David Alford has been in the staffing industry for 18 years and joined Bristol Associates in 2017. He has placed people across a broad spectrum of industries, including Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Restaurant, Hospital & Healthcare, and Nonprofit.


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