Ruby Tuesday Inc. has named former Darden Restaurants Inc. executive Todd Burrowes president, Ruby Tuesday concept, and chief operations officer.

Burrowes succeeds Kimberly Grant, who left the company on June 7. Burrowes’ appointment was effective June 10, Ruby Tuesday said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Burrowes has spent the last five years as executive vice president of operations for Darden’s LongHorn Steakhouse brand. He has also worked as regional director of operations at Corner Bakery Café and as vice president of operations at Saltgrass Steak House.

“Todd will be instrumental in leading our efforts to reposition the Ruby Tuesday brand, creating a more lively and approachable guest experience,” chief executive James J. “JJ” Buettgen said in a statement.

Buettgen became chief executive after company founder Sandy Beall stepped down on Dec. 1, 2012. Since beginning his tenure at Ruby Tuesday, Buettgen has made several changes at the company, including shifting its focus from upscale casual to classic casual dining.

As of March 5, Maryville, Tenn.-based Ruby Tuesday Inc. had 709 company-owned restaurants and 77 franchised Ruby Tuesday locations.

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