Nov. 15, 2010
FAST GROWING QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® ADDS HOSPITALITY VETERAN
SHARON, Pa. – Nov. 15, 2010 – Quaker Steak & Lube® announced today that Jim McGrath, who most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of StepStone Hospitality, a New England based hotel and restaurant company, has joined Quaker Steak & Lube Franchising Corp. as senior vice president of company operations.
According to John Longstreet, President and CEO of The Lube®, McGrath’s addition to the team will assist The Lube® to successfully grow the company-owned restaurant portfolio as well as develop the new Lube Management Company formed to operate Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurants for developer franchisees.
Prior to joining StepStone, McGrath served as Chief Operating Officer of Meyer Jabara Hotels, and vice president of operations of Lodgian Hotels. Jim began his hospitality career with Bristol Hotels & Resorts where he served in positions of restaurant manager, food & beverage director, general manager and ultimately was senior vice president of operations in the billion dollar company when it was sold to Intercontinental Hotels Group. “Jim brings to the company a wealth of operations experience along with an incredible ability to drive performance while developing his management team members to achieve success,” Longstreet said.
About Quaker Steak & Lube®:
Founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pa., the original Quaker Steak & Lube® began as a cook-your-own steak restaurant, before expanding to nearly 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The unique décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia, combined with the crave-able food and high-octane events has afforded The Lube® a cult-like fan following. Today, Quaker Steak & Lube® has become one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country, and has won more than 100 national and international awards for its wings and 22 different wing sauces. Most recently it was named the 2010 Festival Favorite at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York. For more information visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.