Consumer >> Analyst Interviews >> July 26, 2010

Optimism Following The Restaurant Pullback – Brad Ludington – Keybanc Capital Markets, Inc.

Brad Ludington is an Equity Research Analyst with KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc. Having been with the company since September 2006, Mr. Ludington focuses his research coverage on restaurant companies. Prior to his promotion to Senior Analyst in September 2008, Mr. Ludington worked for KeyBanc Capital Markets as a Research Associate covering the restaurant industry. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from Texas Christian University. His vast restaurant industry experience includes working as the General Manager for Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, a four-star restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas, and also as a Corporate Trainer for Del Frisco's, where he participated in the opening of the company's New York City location. In addition, Mr. Ludington was a featured sommelier in the 2004 Edition of Chalk Hill's Sommelier's Guide to Restaurants in America. Profile
TWST: Where are you focusing your attention in the restaurant space these days?

Mr. Ludington: The closest focus has been on casual dining. I think that has the best opportunity for improvement in the