London — Norman Abdallah has been named CEO of the Gordon Ramsay North America Restaurant Group. Abdallah most recently served as CEO of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. Prior to joining Del Frisco’s, he was the operating partner for private equity firm CIC Partners, focusing on restaurant portfolio companies.
Abdallah’s resume also includes interim CEO of Dinosaur BBQ, president and CEO of Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and president and CEO of Restaurants Unlimited. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Fired Up Inc., the parent company of Carino’s Italian.
In 2019, Gordon Ramsay inked a deal with private equity firm Lion Capital to expand Gordon Ramsay restaurant concepts across the U.S. Gordon Ramsay North America currently has 10 restaurants in cities including Las Vegas; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Baltimore; Lake Tahoe, Nevada; and Kansas City, Missouri, in partnership with Caesars Entertainment.