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Torgerson Properties Names Joe Kohaut as
Vice President of Food and Beverage

MINNEAPOLIS – October 4, 2007 – Torgerson Properties, a Minnesota-based developer, owner and operator of hotels and restaurants, announces that Joe Kohaut has joined Torgerson Properties as vice president of food and beverage. 

In his new role, Kohaut will have overall responsibility for Torgerson Properties’ restaurant division and its nine restaurants throughout the state of Minnesota.   

“Torgerson Properties has a rich history of successful and profitable food and beverage operations, both in our hotel outlets and our free standing restaurant concepts,” said Mitch Peterson, president of Torgerson Properties. “Joe’s strong leadership background combined with his passion for developing his managers make him an ideal fit to enhance Torgerson Properties’ restaurants.”  

Kohaut has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, starting his management career with Ground Round Restaurants and subsequently serving in a number of progressive senior management positions with Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurants and Panda Management. 

Kohaut played an instrumental role in the growth of the Buca di Beppo restaurant chain and helped to create their highly successful Paisano Partner program.  Kohaut held several positions at Buca di Beppo, including chief operating officer, and senior vice president of food and beverage and purchasing.  Immediately prior to joining Torgerson Properties, Kohaut was with Chatterbox Restaurants.  He has a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

About Torgerson Properties 

Torgerson Properties, owns and operates hotels and restaurants throughout greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, as well as Naples, Fl. Founded in 1929, Torgerson Properties portfolio includes hotel properties under the Marriott, Hilton, Intercontinental, Cendant and Carlson brands and restaurants under the Green Mill and Perkins brands as well as independent restaurant concepts.  Torgerson Properties has been recognized with numerous industry awards for outstanding facilities, staff and guest service.  For more information, visit


Lisa Giaimo | Vice President of Sales
 Torgerson Properties
Water's Edge Professional Building
103 15th Ave. NW, Suite 200
Willmar, MN  56201

Also See: Torgerson Properties Appoints Lisa Giaimo as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Bob Smith Vice President of Facilities Maintenance / July 2007


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