NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: David R. Blackburn

Southern Rock Restaurants, LLC is located in Franklin, TN just outside Nashville and owns and currently operates 74 McAlister’s Deli Restaurants in six states. The Company has assembled a talented senior management team and advisory Board. More importantly, the SRR management team has a demonstrated, successful track record in the industry, specifically in the operation and growth of multi-unit casual theme restaurants as led by industry veteran David R. Blackburn. Please review the Our Team tab of the SouthernRockRestaurants.com web site for a complete review leadership.
Southern Rock Restaurants has partnered since 2011 with Capital Spring as its financial resource for growth and development which has over 4,000 restaurants in its portfolio.

David R. Blackburn (CEO and Chief Operating Officer Southern Rock Restaurants, LLC) – 40 years of experience in the restaurant business, with 15 years as the Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Business Development of O’Charley’s Restaurants Inc. David’s focus on solid operating principals and disciplined execution led a 70 unit O’Charley’s region to company leading sales and profit improvements for 11 years. David oversaw the highest number of stores in the O’Charley’s chain (including direct supervision of 8 Area Supervising Partners, 70 General Managers, 280 store managers and 5600 employees) with 2006 revenues over $205 million. For three years David served as the CEO for an upscale Italian and Steakhouse regional chain and also served as Interim CEO for Santa Fe Cattle Company hired specifically to reorganize it into a profitable company which successfully emerged in October 2009 representing a $10-Million-dollar turnaround.

As of October 2011, David has successfully become a licensed franchisee of McAlister’s Deli Restaurants owning and operating 74 locations in six states under the umbrella of Southern Rock Restaurants, LLC with the Home Office in Franklin, TN. Southern Rock Restaurants has 8 more restaurants currently under construction with 16 more remaining on a multi unit development agreement with McAlister’s Deli. Since becoming a member of the McAlister’s Deli Franchise community, David has served 7 years on the Franchise Advisory Board, served three years as the Co-Chair of the Operations Culinary committee for product and execution development and also served on the Brand Strategy committee.

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