HOUSTON – Harris Pappas, 66, has resigned as chief operating officer for Luby's Inc., effective April 20. He remains on the board of directors. Peter Tropoli has been promoted to COO and Benjamin "Todd" Coutee has been promoted to senior vice president of operations, also effective April 20. Chris Pappas has extended his employment contract as CEO and president through August 2012.

"We would like to thank Harris Pappas for his dedication and insight," said Gasper Mir, chairman. "Since March 2001, Harris has led our restaurant operations with a focus on the highest level of customer service and has raised our food-quality standards. Over the past 10 years, he built a strong senior operating team with over 90 years of experience. We know that Harris will remain an active board member and we look forward to his continued stewardship and contributions to our organization."

Luby's Inc. operates restaurants under the brands Luby's Cafeterias, Fuddruckers and Koo Koo Roo. Its 96 Luby's Cafeterias restaurants are located throughout Texas and other states. Fuddruckers restaurants include 56 company-operated locations and 129 franchises throughout the US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Koo Koo Roo restaurants include three locations in southern California. Luby's Culinary Services provides food service management to 19 sites.