Restaurant Growth Services, LLC (formerly ABRH, LLC) is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and provides a host of management services for restaurant brands. The services include executive leadership, strategy, operational oversight, supply chain, technology, human resources, benefits, financial reporting, treasury management, legal counsel, training and more.

Restaurant Growth Services, LLC currently provides services to — O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar, Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, Coop & Run, Dockside Charlie’s, Underground Chuck’s, Mandrino's, Sammie Up, Big Spoon Café, and Bright Buoy.

Executive Leadership:

W. Craig Barber - Chief Executive Officer Craig joined Restaurant Growth Services, LLC as CEO in October 2017. His responsibilities include executive, strategic and operational leadership for the O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar and 99 Restaurant & Pub casual dining brands with over 190 restaurants in 22 states. He is also responsible for all support services for those brands. Craig began his restaurant career in 1983 with Shoney’s, Inc. after six years with Ernst & Young. Prior to his current role, he was a Denny’s franchisee and served for 10 years as Chair of the Denny’s Franchisee Association Board. In addition to serving on the boards for the operating businesses, Craig is proud to serve on the board of trustees for The Folded Flag Foundation.
Robert Langford -   Chief Concept Officer Robert ‘Bob’ joined O’Charley’s in January 2018 as Chief Marketing Officer. In August 2018 he transitioned to serve as Chief Concept Officer for the Village Inn and Bakers Square brands. He currently provides brand & marketing senior executive leadership for both the O’Charley’s and Ninety Nine brands. Bob has served in brand-wide capacities as Chief Operating Officer for Shoney’s with 800 restaurants and Chief Marketing Officer for Denny’s with 1,600 restaurants. Bob also has experience as a franchisee and franchisee association board member for both of those brands.
Kara Jacobs -   Chief Financial Officer Kara joined Restaurant Growth Services, LLC as Chief Financial Officer in October 2022. Kara is responsible for all financial management and information systems supporting the restaurant brands. Kara is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee at Martin along with a Master of Accounting from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. Kara was previously the Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (revenues over $3 billion and over 660 restaurants). Prior to Cracker Barrel, she was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Bridgestone Americas and served for 13 years with Deloitte & Touche where she was a Managing Director.
Clint Lautenschleger -   Chief People Officer Clint serves as Chief People Officer, having joined Restaurant Growth Services, LLC in July 2021. He has over two decades of recruiting and human resources experience in restaurants, hospitality, retail and financial services. Like many in the restaurant industry, he began his career at McDonald’s where he served as crew leader and trainer before high school graduation. He was most recently Vice President of Human Resources Services for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Clint earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Communication from Ohio State University.

Restaurant Growth Services, LLC is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cannae Holdings, Inc.

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