Doug Sanderson has joined Brixx Wood Fired Pizza as director of training. Sanderson previously worked with Texas Steakhouse & Saloon, a chain of 17 locations, as vice president of training and HR/operations. He has also led corporate training for Tumbleweed Southwest Grill, Texas Roadhouse and Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurants.
Sanderson will oversee training of management and staff in the front and back of the house for all new Brixx restaurants. He’ll also develop new ongoing training programs focused on the standards that have propelled the chain’s success. These programs will be launched in new and existing locations.
“We have multiple restaurants opening in 2014, and Doug will help ensure they launch with our best practices in place,” says Jeff Van Dyke, managing partner and co-founder of Brixx. “In addition, he’ll be a vital part building upon the success of existing Brixx locations by keeping our teams focused on the continued development our guest experience.”
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Eric Horsley, agrees. “Doug's personality and history are a great fit for our corporate culture. We’ve worked hard to nurture staff so they have long careers atBrixx. Doug understands how important that’s been to our growth.”
General Managers of corporate Brixx locations have an average of 7 years experience with the concept, many starting as servers or bartenders and working their way up. Brixx also provides health care for its full-time employees.
New Brixx locations expected to open in 2014 include Marietta and Athens, Georgia; Southern Pines and Raleigh, North Carolina; and Arlington, Virginia.
The first Brixx opened in Charlotte, N.C., in 1998. From day one, the menu has featured fresh salads, pastas, sandwiches and, of course, pizza cooked in a wood-burning brick oven. Menu items are accented by house made items ranging from focaccia bread to fresh mozzarella and traditional and whole-wheat pizza dough made daily.
Brixx appeals to a wide array of palates and dietary needs, offering gluten-free dough, vegetarian and vegan items. The restaurant bar features 24 craft beers on tap & 14 wines by the glass.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is owned by New South Pizza Inc. There are 22 Brixx locations in N.C., S.C., Tenn., Va. and Ga. More information, including a complete menu, is available atwww.BrixxPizza.com. Information on franchise opportunities is available at www.BrixxFranchise.com