Since taking the helm at Bennigan’s in 2011, Paul Mangiamele has championed several game-changing initiatives aimed at revolutionizing the casual dining category and bringing the iconic brand back to its Legendary status. As chronicled in his 2013 book, Bennigan’s Return to Relevance: Bleeding Green 25/8, Paul has helped transform the organization through a focus on chef-driven food, innovative drinks and a commitment to delivering memorable dining experiences to every guest, every meal, every day. Now with more than 150 restaurants open or under contract worldwide, Bennigan’s is experiencing strong growth while simultaneously redefining casual dining.
In February 2015, Paul turned his passion into ownership when he and his wife, Gwen, purchased the company. Legendary Restaurant Brands, LLC, is now 100% owner of Bennigan’s, its new fast-casual concept Bennigan’s On the Fly and the venerable Steak and Ale brand.
Paul’s background includes operations, marketing, franchise development and broker and distributor networks, as well as building and leading teams in start-up, growth and Fortune 500 environments. During his 30-year career, Mangiamele has served as President & CEO of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina; President & CEO of Dalts Classic American Grill; Vice President of Business Development for Carlson Companies (franchisor of Radisson Hotels, Country Inns and Suites, and T.G.I. Friday’s); and Executive Vice President and COO at Sport Clips, where he led several growth initiatives that expanded the store count from 100-plus to more than 600 locations nationwide. His experience on the franchisee side includes building multiple units of Uno Chicago Grills in the Midwest. Mangiamele is a frequent guest on local and national television programs, and is in high demand as a business speaker and turnaround expert