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RASA co-founder Rahul Vinod, left, with new COO Trey Moats

Fast-casual Indian concept RASA names Trey Moats chief operating officer

The former Potbelly and Rōti executive is the latest senior addition to the team

Fast-casual Indian restaurant RASA has expanded its executive team with the addition of Trey Moats as its chief operating officer.

Moats most recently was COO of fast-casual Mediterranean chain Rōti, a chain where he worked in various positions for more than eight years. Prior to that he spent about a year as senior vice president for operations for the Americas for Cologne, Germany-based fast-casual Mediterranean chain Vapiano.

Before that he oversaw the Northeastern United States market for Potbelly.

He studied engineering at the University of South Carolina.

“We’re stoked to have him on board our team,” RASA co-founder Sahil Rahman said in an email.

RASA is a four-unit build-your-own-bowl Indian concept based in Washington, D.C., with a mission of bringing the Subcontinents flavors to the mainstream market. A fifth location is slated to open in Rockville, Md., in about a month, Rahman said. 

Nation’s Restaurant News named it a Breakout Brand last year, and since then it has been bringing more industry veterans into its fold.

In September, it named former Starbucks COO Troy Alstead an independent member of its board of directors.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

Correction: February 23, 2023
This article has been updated with information about RASA's fifth restaurant.
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