BigWigs & New Gigs: Food & Beverage 

Pier 48 GM Announced

Pier 48 GM Announced

FK Restaurant Group has appointed Justin Mayes general manager of Pier 48 Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Yard in Fishers. He most recently served in the same role for ten years at Scotty's Brewhouse. Mayes is an Indianapolis native with over 17 years of experience in the hospitality and retail industry.         

GM Named For Pier 48 Fish House

GM Named For Pier 48 Fish House

FK Restaurant Group has hired Stephan Kelly as general manager & managing partner of the soon-to-open Pier 48 Fish House & Oyster Bar in downtown Indianapolis. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry including opening Chammps in 1999, Kilroy’s and Levy restaurants in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Ocean Prime Indianapolis Names General Manager

Ocean Prime Indianapolis Names General Manager

Ocean Prime Indianapolis has promoted William “Willie” Neiberger to general manager. He most recently served as assistant general manager under Jeremy Devine, who was recently appointed general manager of Ocean Prime Denver’s Larimer Square location. Neiberger, a native of Denver, joined the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants family in 2011 as a server at Larimer Square.

SteadyServ Expands Executive Team

SteadyServ Expands Executive Team

SteadyServ has added to its executive team: Andy Troxel, director of client success; Ryan Valle, director of sales operations and enablement and Kelly Henderson (pictured), marketing director. Also, Jason Austin (pictured) has been promoted to vice president of product engineering and strategy.

Hotel Tango Lands $2M in Funding, Adds Execs

Hotel Tango Lands $2M in Funding, Adds Execs

Indianapolis-based Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery has closed on a $2 million round of funding. The distillery says it has also added to its executive leadership team with a new chief marketing officer and chief financial officer. As part of that effort, the distillery has hired Alex Neff as CMO. Neff most recently served as public relations manager for Indiana University Health.

Quality Dining Appoints VP

Quality Dining Appoints VP

Mishawaka-based Quality Dining Inc. has appointed Daniel J. "DJ" Fitzpatrick vice president of planning. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Fitzpatrick “walked on” to the Fighting Irish football team, later earned a scholarship and played professional football for parts of three seasons. From 2008 through 2010, he worked as a credit analyst at the Northern Trust Bank in Chicago.

Scotty's Brewhouse Founder Takes New Role

Scotty's Brewhouse Founder Takes New Role

Scott Wise will fill a familiar role in his new job: to open more Scotty's Brewhouse locations throughout the Midwest. The Yorktown native has joined Hobart-based Luke Family of Brands, which has a management agreement with Scotty's, as vice president of restaurant operations. Wise will now help to open a minimum of 10 Scotty's Brewhouses in college towns in Midwest cities.

Purdue Wine Tech Startup Hires CEO

Purdue Wine Tech Startup Hires CEO

VinSense Technology, a startup using Purdue University-patented technology to help with wine production, has hired Lise Asimont as chief executive officer. She is a Sonoma County viticulturist. Asimont is past president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. She also serves as a committee chair for the United Wine and Grape Symposium. Asimont says she hopes to help perennial farmers with increasing sustainability and efficiency as well.

Upland Brewing Searching For Next President

Upland Brewing Searching For Next President

The president of the state's third-largest brewery is stepping down. Upland Brewing Co. says Doug Dayhoff, who has been with the Bloomington-based business for more than 10 years, will give up day-to-day responsibilities, but "continue to support key initiatives" through year's end. Dayhoff is a part owner of Upland and came to the company when it was a brew pub.

Indy Restaurant Names Executive Chef

Indy Restaurant Names Executive Chef

The Owner’s Wife, a new downtown Indianapolis restaurant, has announced Jonathan Brooks as consulting chef. He is the owner/head chef of the restaurant Milktooth.

Peterson’s Hires Executive Chef

Peterson’s Hires Executive Chef

Executive Chef Dave Foegley has joined the team at Peterson’s Restaurant in Fishers. He previously served as executive chef and director of operations for St. Elmo Steak House and Harry & Izzy’s for 13 years.

Columbia Club Hires Executive Chef

Columbia Club Hires Executive Chef

The Columbia Club has hired master chef Simon Gosling as executive chef. He joins the club from Scotland with more than 30 years of culinary experience. Gosling was named a Master Chef of Great Britain by a panel of 12 master chef peers. 

Sun King Names Whitt President

Sun King Names Whitt President

Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewery has tapped Bob Whitt to serve as president. He is the former executive director of White River State Park. Whitt succeeds Omar Robinson, who is retiring in April. 

SteadyServ Hires Vice President

SteadyServ Hires Vice President

SteadyServ Technologies has hired Meagen Anderson as vice president of global sales. Anderson previously worked at Boston Beer as beer education manager. She will be responsible for expanding SteadyServ's sales in her new position.

St. Elmo Hires General Manager

St. Elmo Hires General Manager

St. Elmo Steak House has hired Richard Edwards as general manager. He has worked nearly three decades in the hospitality industry. Edwards most recently worked for the Hakkasan Group as executive director of restaurants, overseeing outlets in California, Texas and Nevada.

Gallo to Lead McFarling Foods

Gallo to Lead McFarling Foods

Indianapolis-based McFarling Foods has appointed Mark Gallo president and chief executive officer. He most recently served as co-founder and president of Patronpath. 

Bloomington Brewing Co. Names GM

Bloomington Brewing Co. Names GM

Mark Cady has been promoted to general manager of Bloomington Brewing Co. He began working for the company in 2002.