November 03, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Franchise restaurant Hurricane Grill & Wings, announced today that Mark Bartholomay will be joining the executive team as chief real estate officer to oversee the quickly expanding brand's real estate selection, qualification and development process.
With more than 17 years of extensive growth and development experience, Bartholomay will oversee all real estate matters for all Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurants including site selection, design development, vendor qualification and manage the construction department for corporate and assisting franchisees in these markets to ensure continued success for new locations. Most recently, Mark served as executive vice president of operations at Real Mex Restaurants. Bartholomay also previously worked as Hurricane Grill & Wings chief development officer, where he developed the first system to manage and quantify quality of real estate under consideration. He also established a real estate broker network for the expanding franchise concept. Bartholomay also has experience working with other well-known brands such as Kona Grill Corporation, Famous Dave's of America and Rainforest Cafe.
"I am excited to be returning to the Hurricane Grill & Wings executive team," said Mark Bartholomay, chief real estate officer at Hurricane Grill & Wings. "I look forward to using my experience with the brand and the industry overall to develop new systems to ensure our franchisees site selection and lease signing process is seamless."
"It is a pleasure to welcome Mark back to the Hurricane Grill & Wings executive team. During his tenure as Chief Development Officer, he developed new strategies that improved our site selection and negotiation process," said Martin O'Dowd, president of Hurricane Grill & Wings. "We look forward to achieving many brand milestones with Mark's expertise and dedication."
For additional information about Hurricane Grill & Wings or to find participating locations, please visit www.hurricanewings.com.
With over 70 restaurants open or under construction in 15 states, Florida-based Hurricane Grill & Wings® is known for its jumbo, fresh wings, more than 35 signature sauces and rubs and tropical, laid-back vibe. Named by USA Today as one of "10 Great Places to Wing It," selected as one of the "Future 50" by Restaurant Business and as one of Franchise Times "Top 40 Fast and Serious," Hurricane Grill & Wings' menu includes crave-able Hurricane's Garlic & Parm fries, tasty salads, seafood entrees and fresh ½ pound Angus burgers. The brand's signature Hurricane Bumby tops the list of its tropical drinks menu, along with a wide selection of craft beers and wines.
The original Hurricane Grill & Wings opened in Fort Pierce, Fla., in 1995 and has expanded to locations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina and Texas, with additional restaurants planned nationwide.
SOURCE Hurricane Grill & Wings