Barton joins the Taffer’s team with nearly 40 years of leadership experience.
Taffer’s Tavern, the “restaurant of the future” founded by entrepreneur and host of the Bar Rescue TV series, Jon Taffer, has announced the appointment of industry veteran George Barton as vice president of corporate operations.
In this role, Barton will oversee day-to-day operations for Taffer’s Tavern while developing and implementing procedures that enhance efficient business practices. He will work closely with franchisees and their management teams to increase productivity and efficiencies, analyze profit and loss to streamline and increase revenue, and foster relationships with local and national vendors.
Barton will also ensure that the Taffer’s Tavern brand and culture is consistently used and adopted throughout the company.
“As we continue to secure multi-unit franchise development agreements and prepare to open multiple Taffer’s Tavern locations across the country, it is the right time to bring a leader with George’s extensive operations experience, unique perspective and diverse skill set to the organization,” said Jon Taffer. “Taffer’s Tavern delivers an experience unlike any other in the restaurant industry and George’s passion for delivering best-in-class results makes him a key part of the brand’s future. I’ve known George for years and trust he is the right addition to our growing team.”
Barton spent nearly 30 years with TGI Friday’s, serving in several divisional vice president of operations roles before being selected by the CEO to lead the reengineering team overseeing food and beverage production and procurement.
He was later promoted to vice president, bar and innovation where he revitalized the beverage program, significantly increased beverage sales and established essential relationships with vendors and distributors.
During his tenure, he successfully opened more than 50 new restaurants while in multi-unit roles and achieved multiple accolades, including several Divisional Vice President of Operations of the Year and Presidential Diamond Gold Star awards for growing margins, sales, teamwork, and retention.
Jon Taffer joined us earlier this year on the Global Franchise Podcast, to talk about the launch of his new brand. Make sure to check that out here for some exclusive insight into the iconic entrepreneur’s thought processes.