Gregg Imamoto to fuel US growth of the world’s # 1 udon concept
Dallas, Texas (RestaurantNews.com) Marugame Udon, the # 1 udon concept in the world, has appointed Gregg Imamoto, Director of Foodservices and Franchise, its CEO of U.S. operations, effective September 13, 2021.
Mr. Imamoto previously served as CEO of Pieology, where he helped create record financial performance while growing the brand between 2018 and 2021. He has over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industries. beverage, consumer products, healthcare, aerospace and financial services industries with a proven process and track record of improving business performance, developing talent and maximizing value for stakeholders.
At Marugame Udon, he will be responsible for leading the expansion of the brand’s presence in the United States while developing a franchise business model. The company currently operates restaurants in Hawaii, California and Texas.
Marugame Udon is the flagship concept of listed companies Toridoll, a restaurant conglomerate with more than $ 1.4 billion in sales at more than 1,000 restaurants around the world. In partnership with Toidoll, US private equity firm Hargett Hunter will continue to lead the growth of this popular Japanese fast casual chain in the United States.
“Our partnership with Hargett Hunter allows Toidoll to share authentic Japanese cuisine and culture in the United States, which is our most important growth market. Said Toridoll founder and chairman Takaya Awata. “We are convinced that Mr. Imamoto is the right leader at the right time to propel our expansion, and I have high expectations of his success.”
“We have worked hard to find the right framework that will refine our mission and refine our business model for growth,” said Jeff Brock, Managing Partner of Hargett Hunter. “Gregg has the financial, strategic and operational expertise to help us replicate Marugame’s international success here in the United States”
Tokyo-based Marugame Udon, with over 1,000 locations in 10 countries and regions, specializes in authentic, handmade Sanuki Japanese udon noodles and fresh tempura, all prepared in an attractive open kitchen. Marugame Udon arrived in Hawaii over 10 years ago with its flagship store in Waikiki and expanded to California in 2017. It opened its first location in Texas in 2020.
“I’ve been a fan of Marugame Udon since I first tried it in Waikiki – I ate there every day of every week, I was in town when we found out – so the offer of running the business and developing the brand’s presence in the United States was particularly appealing because of my personal appreciation of the brand, ”said Imamoto. “I look forward to working with the team to introduce the incredible food of Marugame to more consumers across the country. “
About Marugame Udon
Founded in Japan in 2000, Marugame Udon is the # 1 udon brand in the world with over 1,000 locations in 10 countries and regions serving authentic, handmade Sanuki Japanese udon noodles and fresh tempura. Under the global leadership of Founder and Chairman Takaya Awata, US growth will be led by private equity firm Hargett Hunter. Learn more about www.marugameudon.com and follow the mark on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Hargett Hunter
Hargett Hunter is a unique, operations-focused private equity firm that invests exclusively in emerging and established restaurant chains with annual sales of at least $ 10 million. In addition to capital, Hargett Hunter offers advanced resources to support the growth plans commonly executed by emerging restaurant brands. Hargett Hunter offers significant expertise in the hospitality industry and is the preferred partner for investors seeking exposure to the restaurant industry and operators looking for a partner to develop their brands. Hargett Hunter is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, please visit www.hargetthunter.com.