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Benito's Hat appoints new chief executive

02 May 2014 by
Benito's Hat appoints new chief executive

Restaurant group Benito's Hat has appointed a new chief executive as it continues its expansion.

Richard Baker (pictured) has joined the business from Garfunkel's, where he was senior operations manager. Prior to that he held the same role at TRG Concessions.

His appointment comes following the exit of Graham Ford, who is leaving the business this month.

Benito's Hat is planning to grow its estate following an additional investment of £1.3m from Calculus Capital, the UK-based private equity investor.

Benito's Hat founder Ben Fordham said: "Richard comes with a wealth of experience gleaned from a portfolio of restaurants that includes airport concessions. Over the past 12 months, we have successfully opened two new sites and improved like-for-like EBITDA by 24% year-to-date. Following another cash injection from our investors, the new appointment coincides with what promises to be an exciting year for Benito's Hat, starting with a new opening at London Bridge this autumn."

Benito's Hat has six sites in total, with the most recent opening on Leadenhall Street last month.

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