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Andy Puzder is one reason that some restaurant CEOs are 'cautiously optimistic' about 2017

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January 11, 2017   Copyright: CNBC

Restaurant executives have quite a few reasons to be optimistic about 2017, but Andy Puzder could be the biggest one, they say. Puzder, who heads CKE Restaurants, the California-based parent of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, was tapped in December to take the position of Labor Secretary for President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet. "I think everyone is cautiously optimistic, especially with appointments like Puzder," Steve Sather, CEO of Pollo Loco, said on CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Tuesday. Speaking from the ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida, Sather noted that Puzder's industry experience, view on minimum wage increases and knowledge of regulation challenges will be a boon for restaurants. "I think having someone like Andy as an advocate for not only restaurants but small business is a good thing," Russ Bendel, Habit Restaurant's CEO, said during a restaurant roundtable at the ICR Conference. Puzder, a former lawyer, took ...

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