Bob Hartnett, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Houlihan
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Houlihan's Restaurants Inc.
Phone: (573) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Leawood, Missouri, United States
2541 Broadway Bluffs Dr
Columbia, Missouri 65201
United States

Company Description: Houlihan's is a privately owned restaurant company based in Leawood, Kansas. We've always been a leader in the casual dining arena, and we've stayed true to our...   more

Employment History

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp.
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp.
  • Head
    Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp.
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Company Info, 3 Aug 2012 [cached]
Bob Hartnett Chief Executive Officer and Director
Houlihan’s Targets Queens For Franchise Expansion, 12 Nov 2003 [cached]
Bob Hartnett, Houlihan's Restaurants president and chief executive officer.
"Queens is a natural place for us to go," Bob Hartnett, president and chief executive officer of Houlihan's Restaurants, Inc. told Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian.
"Queens County is primed and ready for Houlihan's through local franchise ownership," Hartnett added."The demographics and consumer lifestyle in Queens County meet Houlihan's expansion model and criteria.
Hartnett, a seasoned restaurant franchising veteran who formerly served as president and CEO of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corporation, said the 83-unit chain is seeking ambitious candidates who wish to take control of their destinies through franchise ownership of a proven and popular concept. Company Profiles Results, 17 Sept 2001 [cached]
"This summer, we introduced more fresh sandwiches and salads on flat breads at Einstein Bros. Bagels," said Bob Hartnett, chairman and chief executive officer of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp."The introduction of these new items is consistent with our strategy of providing both long-time customers and interested newcomers incredibly fresh and flavorful alternatives for dining in the morning and throughout the day."
Headlines/Breaking News from The Denver Business Journal -, 7 Sept 2004 [cached]
Robert Hartnett is the new head of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp.He takes over as CEO immediately.Hartnett had been CEO of the bagel chain's Eastern division, overseeing more than 200 Einstein Bros. Bagels stores.
The company plans to add 15 ..., 15 Mar 2012 [cached]
The company plans to add 15 to 18 units this year and next before "ramping it up," said CEO Bob Hartnett.
"People think (Houlihan's) is a lot larger than it is," Hartnett said. "They have good feelings toward it. Over the years they have generally done a pretty good job. It's an interesting concept - I can't begin to tell you how many people have told me about their first experience at a Houlihan's. Everybody has a story to tell about it, even if they haven't been there in a while."
And that's why Hartnett is at the chain. A longtime veteran of various franchise and restaurant concepts - he has been a franchisee and ran Denver-based Einstein Brothers Bagels until it was sold in 2001 - he was sold on the franchise's potential for growth in a tough market.
CEO Bob Hartnett hopes the good feelings customers have for Houlihan's will spur growth.
The first bankruptcy was filed in 1991, the second in 2002 shortly after Hartnett joined Houlihan's after being recruited by the chain's lender, GE Capital, in a one-year effort to restructure the chain.
Hartnett stayed, and in 2002 was part of a group that bought controlling interest in the company. He proceeded to modernize the concept and return it to its edgy, irreverent roots while keeping its focus on made-from-scratch food.
"Some people love it, some hate it," Hartnett said.
"We're very serious about our food," Hartnett said, "but we don't take ourselves too seriously."
Not everything has gone smoothly since the company emerged from bankruptcy. Some stores closed, including ballyhooed moves into markets where previous stores had been shuttered. And same-store sales began sputtering late last year amidst the market downturn. But the company hasn't put a damper on its growth prospects, and Hartnett believes it will be a stronger company when the economy improves.
This, too, shall pass," Hartnett said.
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