Project Pie has named two new executives to its leadership team, including Brian Watkins as director of Operations, and Steve Brigandi, as chief administrative officer and general counsel.
According to a news release, Watkins has worked more than 25 years in the restaurant industry, the past 12 of which were spent at Pei Wei Asian Diner in Southern California. As a partner with Pei Wei, he oversaw eight restaurants in the San Diego/Orange County market. Watkins also was an operating partner for two Jason’s Deli locations.
Brigandi has held various senior management positions with Jack in the Box Inc., most recently overseeing all company franchising policies and procedures.
“In a very short time, Brian has already brought our labor costs down dramatically. Steve’s past experience in growing a brand is significant – and these are the types of qualities franchisees want to see,” CEO/Founder James Markham said in the release.
In January, Project Pie entered into a partnership with NYC-based Lee Equity Partners, headed by investor Thomas H. Lee.