Dallas-based Brinker International Inc. announced that industry veteran Dominique Bertolone has been appointed president of Maggiano’s Little Italy and SVP of Brinker International.
Bertolone will lead and grow the Maggiano’s brand and serve as a member of Brinker’s executive leadership team, the company said.
“Dominique is the perfect leader to usher in the next wave of Maggiano’s growth,” Kevin Hochman, Brinker International president and CEO, said in a statement. “His experience leading all types of foodservice concepts has direct application to accelerating the three Maggiano’s channels of dine-in, off premise and banquets, as well as developing the next generation of Maggiano’s restaurants. He also has an impressive track record of leading employee engagement, developing one-of-a-kind guest experiences, achieving operational excellence, and elevating brands.”
Bertolone is a veteran food and beverage executive with more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Most recently he was senior vice president of food & beverage strategy and development at MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, where he oversaw strategy development and execution around the company’s vast portfolio of restaurants, bars, lounges and nightlife venues.
The company said that Bertolone leads with a people-first approach and has a deep passion and understanding of employee culture and engagement, which he believes inspires success in the business and guest experience.
Originally from Monaco, Bertolone speaks fluent Italian, French, and English.
“The opportunity to helm the Maggiano’s brand is an honor, and I can’t wait to continue building on its incredible growth and potential,” Bertolone said in a statement. “This role will allow me to blend my passions for amazing people, team culture, food, drinks, and guest service standards – all rooted in my own Italian roots. I’ve heard incredible things about the Brinker team and culture and look forward to joining the team.”
Before moving into corporate leadership, Bertolone worked at Bellagio Resort & Casino for 15 years, during which he became a respected thought leader and expert on restaurant operations and service standards, Brinker said. Bertolone served as the property’s director of service, executive director of food and beverage, and vice president of food and beverage.
Before moving to Las Vegas, he worked at the SBM Hospitality Group in Monaco, where he assumed different roles in several palaces and resorts such as Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo Beach, Monte Carlo Golf Club and Palais Princier de Monaco.
Founded in 1975, Brinker International is the parent company of Chili’s Grill & Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and a virtual brand: It’s Just Wings.
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