DALLAS — John LaBarge has been promoted to vice-president of franchise business at Corner Bakery Cafe, where he will work in partnership with Bob Hartmann, vice-president of franchise development, to serve as a liaison between franchisees and Corner Bakery’s internal team.

Mr. LaBarge has more than 20 years of restaurant industry experience, including 10 years with Corner Bakery. He most recently was director of franchise business, and earlier was an area director for Corner Bakery in Chicago. Prior to joining Corner Bakery he was with Brinker International.

“We’re excited to strengthen our executive team and reinforce our franchise development program through the promotion of John LaBarge,” said Jim Vinz, president and chief operating officer for Corner Bakery Cafe. “LaBarge’s many years of multi-unit operating experience and extensive brand depth ensures our franchise partners will receive an unparalleled level of service and support from Corner Bakery Cafe.”