beverage for Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Mitchell E. Katz, former senior director of operations for Koo Koo Roo Restaurants, has been appointed director of food and beverage for Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

Katz, 42, who was appointed November 12th, will take over the position effective immediately.

Pacific Park, an admission-free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 21 midway games and an ocean-front food plaza.

As director of food and beverage, Katz will supervise the operation of seven restaurants in the oceanfront food plaza including Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Harbor Grill, Pizza Hut Express, Taco Bell, Carnation, Dippin’ Dots and Funnel Cake Factory. He will also oversee all catering activities for Pacific Park’s private events, picnics and birthday parties.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Mitchell’s caliber join us in enhancing Pacific Park’s food and beverage operations,” said Mary Ann Powell, chief executive officer (CEO) and general manager of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

“Brand partnership and operational enhancement have been a focus for Pacific Park over the last few years and Mitchell’s extensive experience will be a tremendous benefit to that effort.”

Katz brings more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry to Pacific Park. As senior director of operations for Koo Koo Roo, he spearheaded the opening of nine new stores to include all facets of human resources and operations and acted as general manager of five units.

Katz began his career as executive general manager with Charley Brown’s / Rueben’s / Edie’s Restaurants, overseeing sales, accounting, inventory management and customer service while supervising up to 150 employees.

He has a bachelor of science in restaurant, hotel and institutional management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.