Erin Dostal

Associate Editor,
Nation's Restaurant News

Phone: 212-204-4387

Erin Dostal covers the Southeast U.S. at Nation’s Restaurant News. She previously worked at Direct Marketing News where she covered trends in database marketing and e-commerce. Prior to moving to New York in 2011, she was a reporter at Las Vegas Sun and a launching editor of VEGAS INC, a business magazine covering the largest industries in Southern Nevada: tourism, gaming, entertainment, real estate and—of course—restaurants. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

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Hineman replaces Ken Cruley in the position
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Company hired North Point Advisors to help with possible sale, according to report
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Steve Davis will step into the new position
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New menu features half-price appetizers after 10 p.m. daily
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