Kona Grill COO Larry Ryback leaves for P.F. Chang's

Staff Writer
Kona Grill COO Larry Ryback leaves for P.F. Chang's

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. said Friday that Larry Ryback will become chief operating officer of its casual-dining P.F. Chang’s division in March.

Ryback is resigning as chief operating officer at Kona Grill Inc., the grill-sushi restaurant operator said Friday. Both companies are based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“We are thrilled to welcome Larry as COO of P.F. Chang’s,” said Lane Cardwell, president of the 204-unit P.F. Chang’s chain. “Larry is philosophically aligned with the key factors that have been the hallmarks of our success: strong operations, culinary execution, hospitality and development of people.”

Berke Bakay, president and chief executive of Kona Grill, said that 23-unit chain would be looking at “internal candidates” for Ryback’s successor.

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