Casual dining ‘carnage’ sees Revolution swamped with applications for chief executive vacancy

Revolution Bars has revealed it received scores of applications for its chief executive vacancy due to the turbulence of the UK restaurant market at the moment.

The 70-strong bar group yesterday named former Mitchells & Butlers executive Rob Pitcher as its new boss – and then confirmed that he wasn’t short of competition for the role.

Chairman Keith Edelman told the Evening Standard that “carnage” in the casual dining market for some UK restaurants, which have seen costs rise and competition increase, meant that a large number of people are looking to move job. Rob-Pitcher

But Mr Edelman insisted that Mr Pitcher, who has been heading up M&B’s Harvester, Toby Carvery, and Stonehouse brands, was its “first-choice candidate”.

Mr Pitcher has more than 25 years of experience within the hospitality sector. Prior to M&B, he held senior positions at several other hospitality companies including Bramwell, Stonegate, Town & City, Laurel, Spirit and Scottish & Newcastle Retail.

Revolution said it will advise on his joining date in due course.

Following his appointment, Mr Edelman will revert to his previous role as non-executive chairman.

“We have undertaken a wide-ranging and exhaustive search for a new chief executive with extensive relevant experience to take the company to our next stage of growth. Rob Pitcher’s proven operational experience and leadership qualities with considerably bigger companies will enhance the ongoing development of the Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba brands,” he said.

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