Xperience Restaurant Group (XRG), an operator of various casual and fine dining Mexican restaurants, has announced the appointment of Mike Johnson as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Johnson, who has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2022, brings over two decades of experience in the restaurant industry, having held leadership roles at Real Mex Restaurants, California Fish Grill, and Elephant Bar Restaurants. Under his leadership, XRG plans to drive long-term corporate strategy, operational performance, and brand enhancement. The announcement was made by James Zenni, Founder and CEO of Z Capital Group (ZCG), the private equity firm that backs XRG. Zenni praised Johnson’s operational expertise and contributions to XRG’s success. Johnson expressed enthusiasm about continuing to work with the XRG leadership team to enhance their brands and elevate customer experiences across the more than 60 locations and to the 10 million guests XRG serves annually. XRG has been instrumental in transforming the U.S. Mexican dining landscape, known for their iconic brands and innovative dining concepts such as Taco Tuesday. ZCG is a prominent privately held merchant bank with a diverse range of global institutional investors.

Hospitality, Private Equity, Food and Beverage,United States