Buffets, Inc. Announces Two Senior Appointments: Chip Romp Tapped for Newly Created Vice President of Training; Jay Allen Tapped

  Buffets, Inc. Announces Two Senior Appointments: Chip Romp Tapped for Newly
  Created Vice President of Training; Jay Allen Tapped as Senior Vice
  President Real Estate and Development

The company’s investment in top talent signals its commitment to elevating the

Business Wire

GREER, S.C. -- June 26, 2013

Buffets, Inc., the parent company of America’s most popular family-style steak
buffet restaurants, has named industry veteran Chip Romp to its newly created
position of Vice President of Training, and seasoned restaurant development
professional Jay Allen to Senior Vice President of Real Estate and
Development. Both are new positions and signal expected growth for Hometown®
Buffet, Ryan’s®, Country Buffet®, Old Country Buffet® and Fire Mountain®

Buffets, Inc. has named seasoned restaurant development professional Jay Allen
to Senior Vice Presid ...

Buffets, Inc. has named seasoned restaurant development professional Jay Allen
to Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development. (Photo: Business

“We are carefully sourcing the best talent in our industry,” said Anthony
Wedo, CEO of Buffets, Inc. “Our appointments of Chip and Jay help to cement
our commitment to elevating our entire enterprise, from our hospitality to our
facilities and to becoming a world-class organization.”

Jay Allen

Jay Allen is a restaurant development professional with over 25 years in the
industry. He recently served as the Vice President of Restaurant Development
for Focus Brands, where he dedicated his efforts on the multi-branding
initiatives with Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream. Throughout his
career, he has served as the senior executive of multiple development
organizations within the industry, ranging from Marriott Contract Service
providers (Sodexo, Marriott, and HMSHost) to O’Charley’s and Buffalo Wild
Wings. His experience encompasses the complete development process including
real estate, design, construction, FF&E procurement, and project and
facilities management. His portfolio represents over $4 billion of completed
work in place.

“Jay is a multi-talented executive, who will play an integral role in our
organization,” said Wedo. “We are looking forward to utilizing his broad range
of expertise to grow and elevate our brands including our current concept
re-engineering efforts and beyond.”

As the Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development, Allen will
oversee the real estate, design and concept development of current and future
concepts. He will also be responsible for the company’s construction
strategies and contract management. Allen will be based out of the Greer,
South Carolina corporate office and report directly to CEO Anthony Wedo.

“This is an exciting time for Buffets, Inc. and its brands,” said Allen. “So
much has been accomplished in such a short time as they re-engineer the brands
and position them for future growth. I’m very excited to be part of the team
and vision and believe there are even bigger and better achievements to come.”

Allen served in the U.S. Army, 8^thSpecial Forces Group, and graduated from
the University Of Tennessee School of Architecture.

Chip Romp

Romp most recently served as the Vice President of Training, Development & Ops
Services for Italian Fast Casual concept Fazoli’s. During his tenure, Romp and
his team created training programs that focused on rebranding and menu
enhancements by leveraging e-learning implementation and people development
tools. He has more than 20 years of senior level multi-unit restaurant
operations and training experience with such other brands as Applebee’s
International, Damon’s International and Jillian’s Entertainment.

Romp will also be based out of the company’s restaurant headquarters in Greer,
South Carolina. He will be responsible for all front and back-of-house
training programs, including onboarding initiatives for new employees and
leadership development for all field and corporate employees.

Romp holds a BA in Economics from Denison University, and is an active member
of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (C.H.A.R.T.), where he serves
as the Scholarship Director.

“Memorable hospitality and service along with great consumer value are the
cornerstones to our turnaround,” said Wedo.“To ensure we can execute this
consistently in every store every day, world class training is the key, and
it's my belief Chip will lead the effort to get us there quickly. He brings a
strong track record of success revitalizing and reenergizing training teamsat
exactly the right time. His experience will play a critical role, as we are
now aggressively investing in our store base all around the U.S.”

Wedo emphasized that the brands’ investment in better training and support of
its employees is the foundation of the company’s turnaround efforts. “Our
employees are what drive this business. Attracting someone of Chip’s talents
speak volumes as to how far we have come in a short time.”

“I am looking forward to working with the Buffets, Inc. team as they continue
to actively evolve the concept. I’m committed to enhancing, creating and
implementing exciting programs that will focus on team development and serve
to dramatically enhance our guests experience,” Romp said.

About Buffets, Inc.

Buffets, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant
companies. It currently operates 347 restaurants in 35 states, comprised of
337 steak-buffet restaurants and 10 Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse restaurants.
The restaurants are principally operated under the Old Country Buffet^®,
HomeTown^® Buffet and Ryan’s^® brands. Buffets employs approximately 18,000
team members and serves approximately 100 million customers annually. For more
information, visitwww.Buffet.com.

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