Houlihan’s Restaurants names Bob Nygren as Chief Financial Officer

Familiar face in the Kansas City restaurant industry returns to the metro to oversee the restaurant brand’s financial operations

LEAWOOD, Kan. (May 18, 2016) – Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc. has named Bob Nygren as Chief Financial Officer, a role which he will assume starting on Monday, May 16. Nygren will lead the financial operations for Houlihan’s Restaurants Inc., owner of Houlihan’s, Bristol Seafood Grill, Devon Seafood + Steak, and J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood.

Nygren is a familiar face in the Kansas City restaurant industry as he was the Vice President of Finance for Applebee’s from August 2011 – August 2015. Most recently, he was named the CFO of Newk’s Eatery, an express-casual concept based out of Jackson, Mississippi with more than 100 locations nationwide, in August 2015.

Nygren received his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Nygren was the general manager of a Boston Market and after nearly four years in that role, took a general manager position with Yum! Brands, Inc., the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, and WingStreet. Nygren worked his way up at Yum! Brands to senior assets analyst, a position that allowed him to build his financial proficiencies. Further refining his financial skills, Nygren was also the senior director of finance for NPC International in Overland Park, Kan. from July 2004 – July 2011. NPC International is the nation’s ninth-largest restaurant unit operator and manages numerous Pizza Hut and Wendy’s locations throughout the United States.

About Houlihan’s

Established in 1972, Houlihan’s has 72 locations, primarily throughout the Midwest and the eastern United States. An American restaurant and bar that “feeds your lifestyle,” Houlihan’s menu features center-cut steaks, fresh seafood entrées, baked-to-order  flatbreads and artisan salads and sandwiches along with an interesting, everyday wine and cocktail selection. Houlihan’s offers dishes in both small and large portions and is dedicated to developing menu options that address ever-evolving consumer lifestyles — be it meatless, gluten-sensitive, organic, or smaller portioned items. The restaurants feature design-forward finishes and architectural elements and a custom, curated playlist that changes monthly; many locations feature display kitchens, original artwork, and patios designed for social lounging. Houlihan’s is privately owned by Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc. which developed and owns several restaurant concepts including Bristol Seafood Grill, Devon Seafood + Steaks and J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood. The company is headquartered in the Kansas City metro area. For more information on franchise opportunities, please visit