BOSTON — Ian Baines has been tapped as the new president and chief executive officer of Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp. He succeeds Frank Guidara, who will remain with the company in a part-time consulting and advisory capacity until July 2014.
Baines most recently was senior vice president of strategic innovation for Brinker International and Chili’s Grill & Bar. Earlier, he was president and CEO of Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, and also was Smokey Bones’ president and executive vice-president of operations. Prior to Smokey Bones, he worked at Brinker International as a regional vice president of operations for Romano’s Macaroni Grill and vice president of operations for Brinker’s Big Bowl Fresh Chinese and Thai brand.
He began his restaurant industry career as a chef working both in Toronto and London. A British native, he graduated from the culinary school of Westminster College in London.
Based in Boston, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp. includes 143 company-owned and franchised restaurants located in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.