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Palm names Jens Baake as operations chief

Industry veteran to oversee 24-unit steakhouse brand

The Palm Restaurant Group has named industry veteran Jens Baake as chief operating officer, the company said Thursday.

Baake, most recently COO at New York-based MS Development Co. LLC, succeeds Jeff Phillips in the operations role at the Washington, D.C.-based fine-dining steakhouse brand, a spokesperson said.

Prior to MS Development, where Baake (left) developed a Martha Stewart-branded “Café Martha” restaurant concept, he served as COO of Meyers USA and held leadership roles at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ameristar Casino, Landry’s Restaurants and Walt Disney World.

“Through his prior successes in hospitality,” said Bruce Bozzi, Jr., executive vice president of the Palm Restaurant Group, in statement, “Jens made us feel assured that he understands that our relationships with our guests are as important as the excellence of our food, wine and spirits. We are excited to welcome him to The Palm family.”

The Palm has 22 steakhouses in the United States and two in Mexico City.

“There are a lot of great restaurants out there,” Baake said. “However, when meeting The Palm’s owners, employees and guests, you quickly realize that this is much more than a legendary organization — it is a large family welcoming you with open arms.”

The privately held Palm, which is still family owned, was founded in 1926.

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