Chicago Rib Shack acquired by Camden Dining’s chief executive

10/08/2017 - 09:21
The rib and burger chain, Chicago Rib Shack, has been acquired by a consortium of private investors lead by entrepreneur and chief executive of Camden Dining, Roger Payne.

Operating five outlets across the UK - Westfield Stratford, Aldgate East, Twickenham, Clapham and Trinity Kitchen, Leeds – Payne will focus on developing the brand’s ‘on-the-road’ concept, which currently consists of two mobile rib-shacks used for outdoor events and private parties.

He also plans to implement “a fresh and innovative approach to the brand’s development and marketing, combined with stronger financial management by the end of the year.”

Payne said: “Many people may be aware of the well established Chicago Rib Shack brand and I have some exciting and dynamic growth plans for the brand across retail and further hospitality sectors.

“We are currently in talks with pub operating groups and looking for potential expansion in malls, pop-ups and across the event and festival sector. I am delighted to have led a number of excellent investors who, alongside my senior management team, believe this is only the start of the Chicago Rib Shack re-birth.”

The new operation will be headed by Payne’s private investors and the recently appointed operations director, Dawn Donohoe, who previously worked as operations director for Bromption Brands (including London nightclubs Mahiki and Whisky Mist.)

Payne is most known for his concept venues Shaka Zulu, Gilgamesh and The Cuban brands and has recently opened an all-day drinking and dining Venue, Gabeto, in Camden.

He added: “The market for brands and theatre-style, experience-led drinking and dining outlets such as Chicago Rib Shack is a growing sector as consumer seek more sophisticated and culturally thrilling tastes. Smoked meat, own-label BBQ sauces are just the tip of the iceberg in this area I am really excited about our plans for the future.”

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