Ex-Whitbread and Punch head takes over at QSR chain

A veteran of the hospitality sector with senior management experience at Punch and Whitbread has been named as the managing director of fast-growing QSR chain Chopstix Group.

Jon Lake has taken over the business with immediate effect with a remit to steer the chain through its next stage of growth. It recently bought rival operator Yangtze and has laid out a strategy for rolling out overseas franchises.

Mr Lake has been in the hospitality sector for more than 25 years. He served as development director at Fine Food Capital and director of M&A at Deloitte, specialising in the licensed retail sector. Prior to that, he held senior management posts with both Punch and Whitbread. JON LAKE

Lake will work closely with Chopstix Group founders, Sam Elia and Menashe Sadik, who in the past two years have tripled Chopstix’s market presence to 75 units. The recent acquisition of Yangtze takes the total store estate to 84 sites.

The pair stated: “We are delighted to have attracted Jon to the business, as he brings with him a first-class reputation for achieving success. We have extremely ambitious growth plans both in the UK and overseas but appreciate there will be challenges along the way so are pleased to have Jon at the helm, as we move forward.”

Mr Lake added: “Chopstix Group is undoubtedly becoming a real force within the sector, operating premium brands which offer huge potential both nationally and internationally and I am delighted to join the team. We will continue to drive the expansion of both our corporate and franchise business whilst establishing further infrastructure to support this growth.”

Look out for the February issue of Foodservice Equipment Journal, which features an in-depth interview with Sam Elia and Menashe Sadik on the kitchen challenges they face as the business expands.




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