The Original Gastrobar welcomes restaurant veteran to oversee brand redesign, franchise operations and more
Bar Louie CEO Brian Wright, along with the company’s executive team and Board of Directors, has officially announced the appointment of Mike Mrlik as its new chief operating officer.
With over 25 years of experience, Mrlik brings extensive restaurant industry expertise in building and stabilizing brands, leading to both revenue growth and profitability. As a hands-on leader with a people-first approach, he has already visited Bar Louie locations across the country to obtain a better understanding of what makes Bar Louie a one-of-a-kind concept.
“We’re extremely proud to welcome Mike to our team,” Wright said. “He’s a well-respected restaurant leader with experience bringing out the best in his brands. He has had an incredible career developing strategies that uplevel brands from every angle — his experience will be a game-changer for Bar Louie.”
Prior to Bar Louie, Mrlik led operations at Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, where he re-branded the concept, its image and menu from the ground up by identifying trends in craft beer and casual dining. Mrlik also served as President and CEO of Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, where he refined the concept at both the company and franchise levels to stabilize the brand at a time of economic uncertainty.
“Bar Louie is an iconic brand, and I’ve already enjoyed getting to know what makes it so special,” Mrlik said. “People are always the center of any growth strategy and Bar Louie has an exceptional team that is enthusiastic about its next phase. We are all in it together and I couldn’t be more excited to get started.”
The tenets of The Original Gastrobar are simple – Eat. Drink. Be Happy. Best recognized for its signature martinis, Bar Louie offers handcrafted drinks with premium liquors, delicious chef-inspired food and exceptional service in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. With Bar Louie, no two bars are the same because the brand listens to the neighborhoods it serves. Whether you’re looking for great food, refreshing cocktails or just good conversation, Bar Louie has you covered.
For more information about Bar Louie, visit barlouie.com.