In an effort to further support expansion plans, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and Wing Zone have hired Michael Meche as chief restaurant officer and Scott Wessel as chief technology officer.
Before joining the company, Meche’s most recent role was serving as Papa John’s head of franchise operations, and Wessel was most recently SVP and CIO at MGM Resorts International, which includes the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay BaY and Borgata.
“I had no ambition of leaving the company I’d been with for decades,” Meche said in a company press release. “But the prospect of joining a brand as value and purpose-driven as Capriotti’s and Wing Zone, whose current trajectory and market presence remind me of Papa Johns from 20 years ago, was a clear opportunity to have a hand in the success of a franchise that could benefit far more from my experience and input.”
“While well positioned in the industry, the Capriotti’s and Wing Zone brands are in the infancy of their technological advancement,” Wessel said in the release. “In this role, I’m hoping to create a roadmap from scratch that will guide the adoption of cutting-edge tech and practices capable of keeping the company at the forefront of the QSR sector.”
Founded in 1976, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop has 167 locations, and Wing Zone, founded in 1993, has 31 locations in North America and 30 internationally.
“The expansion of our c-suite is meant to signal more than just the growth of our internal operations. It’s representative of the team we’re building to oversee and ensure that the culture, quality, and commitment of the Capriotti’s and Wing Zone brand’s remain uniform and unwavering as we continue to rapidly develop in new markets around the country,” David Bloom, chief development and operating officer for Capriotti’s and Wing Zone, said in the release.