Prime Hospitality Group Announces New Chief Operating Officer

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Indianapolis, February 27, 2024 — Prime Hospitality Group (PHG) has named José Laboy Chief Operating Officer (COO) to develop, direct and oversee operations for its Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses, Exchange whiskey and cocktail bars, Bin 23 Bistro and hotel F&B operations.

Laboy comes to PHG with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has spent time working both locally and internationally, ensuring great guest experiences and furthering brand initiatives.

Headshot of Jose Laboy

“We are incredibly fortunate to have José join our team,” said Kristy Rans, PHG President. “He will play a critical role in PHG’s growth. His operational management and strategy experience in both fine and casual dining will make a significant impact in accelerating the growth of our business.”

During his career, Laboy has held multiple senior-level executive positions with Darden and Darden International. He brings years of leadership skills to PHG after winning Director of the Year four times for being the highest performing director of operations within the organization.

As an operations expert, Laboy specializes in increasing efficiencies, developing culinary and service initiatives, producing strong profitability, creating a strong bench of talent and spurring unit growth across the U.S. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Cheddar’ Scratch Kitchen, overseeing 94 restaurants and $350 million of annual revenue.

 “I was drawn to PHG because of their unique guest experiences across a growing and diverse portfolio of hospitality brands within PHG,” says Laboy. “I am looking forward to creating various processes and plans to foster PHG’s growth and continue to be a leading family-owned hospitality group.”

About Prime Hospitality Group, LLC

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Prime Hospitality Group (PHG) is the largest Ruth’s Chris Steak House franchisee with 12 locations in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and North Carolina. PHG also owns and operates Bin 23 Bistro, a traditional European Bistro serving French-influenced favorites, and The Exchange, a craft cocktail and whiskey bar. The PHG brands are built on delivering best in market experiences by providing elevated hospitality to its guests. Visit to learn more and follow @primehospitalitygroup on LinkedIn.