Red Robin lays off some field, corporate-level staff

Company says move in wake of evolving guest needs


Ron Ruggless, Nation's Restaurant News

Jan 11, 2018


Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. this week laid off a number of field and corporate-level workers, the company confirmed Thursday.


The Greenwood Village, Colo.-based brand said “the casual-dining marketplace has changed dramatically in recent years and our guests’ needs have evolved,” according to Kevin Caulfield, Red Robin spokesperson, in an email.


“To remain a strong and growing restaurant brand, Red Robin's priorities and choices for where we dedicate resources must also change, so we are resetting our organization for the future of our business and the changes include the elimination of some positions in the field and at the home office,” Caulfield said.


“While some roles have been eliminated and some functions have been reduced, Red Robin does plan to hire in areas that will support future growth,” he said. Positions included area directors, one source said.


Other casual-dining brands have reduced positions at the field and corporate level as well. Last January, Chili’s Grill & Bar, the division of Dallas-based Brinker International Inc., laid off about 50 employees from its corporate staff and more than 30 people from its field director team in a restructuring.


Earlier this week, Red Robin executives said they were also trimming...