LAKE FOREST, Calif. – John Maguire, current president and CEO of FIC Restaurants, Inc. (Friendly’s Restaurants), has been named president and CEO of the Johnny Rockets restaurant chain. Maguire will continue his role with FIC alongside the new position.

John Maguire, president and CEO of Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets is a global operator and franchisor of more than 350 Americana-themed restaurants in 28 countries around the world. The chain started in 1986 and has always featured a menu of all-American favorites, including hamburgers, classic sandwiches and hand-dipped shakes and malts.

For now, the Johnny Rockets and Friendly’s restaurant groups will continue to operate independently. However, under Maguire’s leadership, management will be working to develop a plan to capitalize on the synergy of the two brands, according to the company. The two restaurants feature similar menus and offers comparable atmospheres.

"Johnny Rockets' mission is in line with what we're doing at Friendly's, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead another iconic restaurant brand," Maguire said. "The international reach of the Johnny Rockets brand, the passion and enthusiasm of its franchisees, and the unique outlets in which it serves guests on a daily basis present exciting opportunities for growth."