Jason Vaughn, the former president and CEO of Frisch’s Restaurants, has been named CEO of the Tucson, Arizona-based chain of Eegee’s, the company said Tuesday.
Vaughn will replace the retiring Ron Petty, who served as Eegee’s chairman for a decade before becoming CEO in 2019. Petty led the company through a sale and partnership with 39 North Capital and restaurant investment firm Kitchen Fund. He will continue to be available to the company as an advisor and will focus on real estate as the 31-unit concept looks for growth outside of Arizona.
Vaughn has decades of experience in the Quick Service world. Prior to Frisch’s, Vaughn was senior vice president of operations at Yum Brands Inc.; a division vice president at Wendy’s; and President and Chief Operating Officer at Lenny’s Subs.
“The opportunity to be part of a success story like Eegee’s is a great honor,” Vaughn said in a statement. “The brand is almost synonymous with Arizona, and I look forward to helping bring its unique offering and superior customer experience to more territories across the state and even beyond.”
Founded in 1971, Eegee’s began as a vending truck in Tucson selling frozen lemon drinks that became known as “Eegees.” The chain remains known for its signature frozen drinks with chunks of fruit, as well as sub-sandwiches, fries, and grinders.
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