SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tony Gioia, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Togo’s Holdings, LLC, this week announced his retirement, effective May 31, after leading and growing the "West Coast Original" sandwich chain for ten years. A restaurant and private equity industry leader, Gioia will remain on Togo’s Board as a non-Executive Chairman.
Glenn Lunde, Togo’s Chief Concept Officer, will be promoted to President of Togo’s, reporting directly to the Board, effective June 1. Lunde, who joined Togo’s in January this year, has been leading Togo’s brand transformation strategies, including the chain’s operating format and menu strategies. A restaurant industry veteran, Lunde has led branding and marketing in executive roles at chains such as Taco Bell, Round Table Pizza, and Panda Restaurant Group.
“It has been a privilege to lead the company for ten years, and I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished at Togo’s in that time,” said Gioia. “Glenn Lunde is a tremendously talented executive and is the ideal candidate to step in and take Togo’s to the next level of growth and success.”
Gioia has been a leading executive in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Togo’s, he served as CEO for several public and privately held restaurant companies. He was also President at Baskin Robbins, served on the executive committee for Dunkin’ Donuts, and was Chief Operating Officer at Wolfgang Puck Food Company. Gioia has also been an executive partner with several private equity firms and recently spearheaded the sale of Togo’s from previous ownership to Nimes Capital, LLC.
“I have been a loyal Togo’s customer since my high school days in the Bay Area and I am very excited to lead this amazing Brand in its next phase of growth,” said Lunde. “Tony has created a permanent place in the outstanding legacy of Togo’s, and I will continue to benefit from his knowledge and experience with him serving on our board.”
Lunde has plans to enhance Togo’s menu offerings and traditional recipes, coupled with a new menu board design, featuring the Brand’s hand-sliced premium meats with larger portions. Further news on Togo’s menu transformation, along with Lunde’s new executive team, will be announced soon.
About Togo’s Eateries, LLC
Togo's was founded in 1971 by a young college student with a large appetite and little money looking to make sandwiches the way he liked them — big, fresh and meaty. Keeping in the spirit of the original, Togo's products are still made with only the highest quality ingredients, including fresh-baked Artisan breads, hand sliced premium pastrami, turkey and roast beef, as well as hand mashed Hass avocados. Togo's proprietary brand of west coast style Pastrami, 98 percent fat-free slow-roasted turkey, and Togo's all natural chicken set the brand apart from other sandwich shops. With almost 300 locations open and under development throughout the West, Togo's is a franchise-based business that offers online ordering and catering services.